If you can make it, you’ll probably find it at the East Baton Rouge Parish Library’s Mini Maker Faire on Saturday at the Main Library at Goodwood.
“We’ll have high-tech, low-tech and no-tech” displays and demonstrations, librarian Bryce Tomlin said.
From last year’s most popular booth — the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset — to crafts, woodworking, 3-D printing and Arduino fire cannons will be on display at the free event.
At last year’s Oculus Rift booth, children and adults were able to interact “with whatever was on the screen using a virtual reality headset created by Oculus Rift,” he said.
All types of “makers” plan to display their creations and encourage hands-on participation, library spokeswoman Sonya T. Gordon said.
Arduino projects, Raspberry Pi and Arduino-controlled fire cannons will be on display in booths next to sewing, art and other craft items. Costume making, drones, jewelry making, video game creation and music also are planned.
“We’ve got something for every age and just about every interest,” Gordon said. “And it’s free.”
Organizers call it “part science fair, part craft show and part something new entirely.”
Other booths this year include life casting arts and crafts; the Knock Knock Children’s Museum’s kid-friendly science and electronic experiments; Irish Flutes and crafts; Sara’s Soy Candles craft; Baton Rouge Gem and Mineral Society; batik arts and crafts; LSU ACM Arduino electronics and technology; 3-D printing; amateur radio electronics; Baton Rouge Astronomical Society science experiments; Floppy Music electronics and high-tech displays; Oculus Rift; Acadian Robotics; and a Battleship game with Elevator Projects.
The library’s robot mascot, Sprocket, has been reproduced by a 3-D printer and will be placed throughout the Maker Faire.
More than 3,000 people attended the first Maker Faire in 2014 and watched high- and low-tech makers. About 10 times the expected crowd attended, and the event is shaping up to be bigger and better every year with more than 75 booths, organizers said.
Makers last year demonstrated everything from 3-D printing and robot technology to crocheting, painting and crafting.
There’s even a chance to win a 3-D printer with assistance from Acadian Robotics. For free tickets and a chance to win a 3-D printer, visit MakerFaireBatonRouge.com.