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Mini Maker Faire returns to campus
Friday, May 12, 2017

Mini Maker Faire returns to campus

Buoyed by great success in its inaugural year, the Fredonia Mini Maker Faire will return during the campus’ Homecoming weekend on Saturday, Oct. 21.

Hailed as the “Greatest Show and Tell on Earth,” a Maker Faire is a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness. “It is a celebration of the Maker movement, where people show off what they are making and share what they are learning,” said Holly Lawson, director of the Science Education Partnership at Fredonia.

Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to chefs to garage tinkerers and come from all backgrounds and are all ages. Most Makers provide support and materials for “make and take” activities where visitors craft their own creations that they can then take home.

“The aim of Maker Faire is to connect, entertain, inform and grow this community,” Dr. Lawson said.

Staged at the Science Center and Williams Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the event will showcase the vibrancy of art and science in the community and provide a forum for the campus to expand its academic reputation. There will also be food trucks in the vicinity of Jewett Hall the day of the event.

The Mini Maker Faire t is co-produced with Fredonia and Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Board of Cooperative Education Services (BOCES) and is free and open to the public.

The inaugural Fredonia Mini Maker Faire, held Oct. 22, 2016, attracted an estimated 3,000 to 4,000 people of all ages.

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