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Prepare to reinvent your definition of the word “make.” The first Lansing Mini Maker Faire is this Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon at Michigan State University’s Main Library.
The free event brings together tech enthusiasts, tinkerers, engineers, science clubs, educators, students, crafters, and hobbyists in a single venue to share their creations.
Though not affiliated to larger maker faires, the faire at MSU’s library could act as the appetizer to the main meal at Meridian Mall, where a full-sized Mini Maker Faire will happen on April 29 and 30 of this year. These will add the city to a list of over 150 others celebrating invention of all types.
Candace Eason, who will host one of four booths in the maker faire at MSU, said the event engages visitors and participants from all different backgrounds to create and share their creations with others.
“This event is going to inspire and encourage everyone from the ages of six to approximately 46, to participate in all things tech related, practical maker related,” Eason said. “As well as inspire thoughts of becoming civil engineers and educators in their fields of study.”
The family-friendly event, hosted by MSU Master of Arts in Educational Technology Year 1 Summer Cohort, is meant to inspire invention, creativity and resourcefulness. It is expected to draw between 60 and 100 people to the lobby of the library to witness makers’ hobbies, projects and experiments.
Each booth will have a corresponding hash-tag so that visitors to the faire can join a conversation online about each experiment like “MAETSkyscrapers” and “MAETStars.”
Eason said the hope is that visitors of all ages will use the faire as an opportunity to explore future careers they could possibly pursue.
“People should attend because it is thought provoking, it is fun, and it is just interesting to create, build and play,” Eason said.