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Indy’s First Mini Maker Faire

Lego Mosaics. Electric Motorcycle. Mind Controlled Robotic Arm. Yarn Bombing.

What do all of these have in common? They are created by people who enjoy bridging the gap between technology and the imagination. They are Makers. And while musicians and actors perform on stages, Makers perform at Maker Faires across the country.

The first Maker Faire was 2006. It is an event created by Make Magazine to celebrate arts, crafts, engineering, science projects and the Do-it-Yourself mindset.

Over the past 5 months Conner Prairie has been working to find and recruit Makers from around Indianapolis and the entire Midwest to participate in our first ever Indy Mini Maker Faire. This year we will be incorporating our long standing tradition of Country Fair presented by DowAgro Sciences, with the new component of Maker Faire, bridging the gap between past technologies and present technologies.


The Cyber Blue Robotic Team pictured here at the Indy Robotics Invitational will be at the Indy Mini Maker Faire.

What can you expect to see? To start, there will be over 20 Makers present!
  • Destruction Zone – make about electronics
  • Cyber Blue Robotics – watch the robots compete
  • Electric Motorcycle – check out this electric motorcycle with a land speed record!
  • 3D printing – need a wrench, print it here
  • Steam Punk Jewelry – learn what that means and how to make some

Did I mention the Egg-A-Pult?! This is going to be a highlight for sure! Can you make an egg survive a 100-foot drop?  Build some biodegradable armor for an egg from paper, cardboard, and tape, and then help launch it sky-high with our enormous slingshot-cannon combination, the Egg-A-Pult!  We’ll be supplying materials and eggs.

So whether you’re a Maker, a Crafter, or a DIY-er, this will be a must see event. Come out and join in the action September 17 & 18.

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