Kids and the young at heart will be able to stretch their creativity to new heights on Saturday at Lafayette’s inaugural Mini Maker Faire.
The free event starts at 10 a.m. at the Lafayette Science Museum, 433 Jefferson St. RSVP at lafayettemakerfaire.eventbrite.com.
Engineers, scientists and artists will display their latest works, experiments and projects at the Mini Maker Faire. The event allows those eager patrons to learn about a new crafts and see how these artisans are turning their creative passion into works of art and function.
"Think of Mini Maker Faire as part science fair, part festival and part something entirely new," Lafayette Science Museum director Kevin Krantz said. "It's a family-friendly day of robotics, DIY science and technology, bicycles, handmade crafts, music, local artisans, hobbyists, hands-on workshops and performers. There really will be a little something for everyone."
Lafayette Mini Maker Faire is based on the Maker Faire model, a national event produced by Make: magazine. Mini Maker Faire's smaller scale events are designed to showcase established and up-and-coming “makers” who “embody the spirit of learning-by-doing.”
Both New Orleans and Baton Rouge have seen success with their local Mini Maker Faires. Organizers hope to see that spirit of ingenuity take root in Acadiana as well.
"Through the Mini Maker Faire, our Makerspace and all the programs and resources available through the Lafayette Public Library, we support and encourage making, creating, crafting, building, thinking, learning and doing," South Regional Library assistant manager Cara Chance said. "We are excited to see the maker movement grow by bringing local makers together to share their creativity and ingenuity with everyone in the Lafayette community."
The faire will have numerous displays, demonstrations and presentations throughout day. Some of these presenters include more science-based makers like robotics and power wheels racing teams. Other presenters include more artistic flair like blacksmiths, musicians, wood burning artists and quilters.
Stacey Grow is a free-form embroiderer who is a marketing manager by day and a maker on nights and weekends. She started embroidering five years ago as a creative outlet and a way to connect with her two daughters. Now, she started her own business, and her children have surpassed her as makers.
“The joy that comes from it is that it's a really inexpensive creative outlet that anyone can do," Grow said. "We wanted to (demo at the Maker Faire) and have something that people can take home and continue working on later if they wanted to."
Lafayette Mini Maker Faire
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Lafayette Science Museum, 433 Jefferson St., Lafayette
COST: Free, reserve your ticket at lafayettemakerfaire.eventbrite.com