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New England Crafters, Engineers, & Other Artists Gather To First Ever Maker Faire Event In NH
Monday, August 19, 2013
Billed as the "Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth," the Maker Faire movement is sweeping the nation, boasting the most creative and resourceful crafters, recyclers, builders, thinkers, engineers, musicians, and other artists and artisans!
The Children's Museum of New Hampshire, 6 Washington St Dover, will host New Hampshire's first ever Maker Faire! On Saturday, August 24th, from 10am-4pm, the Mini Maker Faire, a smaller, community-focused event, but will follow the Maker Faire model of celebrating do-it-yourself creativity and tinkering.
The Dover Mini Maker Faire will showcase more than 50 established and emerging local "makers," from around New England. This is a family-friendly celebration featuring rockets and robots, DIY science and technology, urban farming and sustainability, alternative energy, bicycles, unique hand-made crafts, music, local food, educational workshops, and installations. There is something for everyone at the Dover Mini Maker Faire, which hopes to inspire New Hampshire children, "the makers of tomorrow."
This colossal fair will be held in and around the museum, with some exhibits across the way at One Washington Mill, as well as rocket launching and other demonstrations at Henry Law Park and the lower field. This will be a fantastic family event, with exhibits, and even story-telling for children, but it is also worth noting that the predominant audience at nation-wide Maker Faire events is adults! Between artisan foods, recycled sports, robot car and radon detector controlled by Raspberry Pi, sustainable product, and synthetic fuel demonstrations, and other fascinating technologies and arts, there is truly something for every person of every age, at the first ever Maker Faire in NH!
Advance tickets are $10 for adults and children ages 6 and over. Online ticket sales end August 23rd. Admission at the door will be $12.
Some participating "makers" and their presentations include: UNH Luna Cats, design & build a Lunabot vehicle; Marissa Vitolo Glass/Ceramic Accessories, create earrings, brooch, pendant, ring; Art Lab for Kids, make art using a recycled map; Steampunkinetics, display of Steampunk art & design; SeaPerch, attendees can drive Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicles in a 1000-gallon tank; Mad Science of Southern NH & Northern MA, Science Exploration Station, and more! See the full list of makers and their crafts at makerfairedover.com.
Maker Faire describes itself as part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new. The original Maker Faire in San Mateo, CA, and now exhibits 800 makers, and 110,000 patrons. World Maker Faire New York, proudly displays over 500 makers to 55,000 attendees. Other Maker Faire events are hosted in Detroit, Kansas City, Newcastle (UK), and Tokyo, and Mini Maker Faires are now being produced around the United States and the world. This Children's Museum of New Hampshire's Mini Maker Faire is independently organized and operated under license from Maker Media, Inc.
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