About the Minneapolis-St. Paul Mini Maker Faire

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The 2017 Minneapolis-St. Paul Mini Maker Faire will be held on Saturday, June 3 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. Here’s an event overview.
Who or what is a maker?

Maker is a term used to cover a wide range of creative work, projects and hobbies. If you are a tinkerer, coder, woodworker, crafter, farm hacker, artist, student, designer, chemist, roboticist, entrepreneur, scientist, food inventor, metalworker, educator, green technology creator, inventor, corporate designer or bicycle builder, you are a maker!

What happens at a maker faire?

Sculpting, wiring, welding, and weaving all happened at the 2016 Minneapolis-St. Paul Mini Maker Faire. And these aren’t just demonstrations that you get to stand back and watch. Faire visitors can solder, code, screen print and so much more. There are interactive activities for all ages at this family-friendly event. Performers of all varieties contribute to the festival atmosphere. You can expect even more hands-on fun and creative presentations at the 2017 faire.

The Minneapolis/St. Paul Mini Maker Faire is hosted by Leonardo’s Basement which provides creative learning environments for kids of all ages to design and build from their imagination. Since 1998 it has offered classes at its own workshop, schools and community events providing tools and materials to design and build engineering, art and technology projects.

Maker Faire originated in 2006 in the San Francisco Bay Area as a project of the editors of Make: magazine.  It has since grown into a significant worldwide network of both flagship and independently-produced events.  Read more on Maker Faire history, the Maker Movement, as well as how to start a Maker Faire or a School Maker Faire where you live.