Charlotte Mini Maker Faire

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Hackerspace Charlotte puts on MakerFaire Charlotte with Discovery Place.

Child sitting at a soldering station with adult looking on

You could call it the greatest show-and-tell on earth, where “makers” — crafters, educators, tinkerers, tech enthusiasts, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, designers, students, performers and exhibitors — show what they make, and share what they are learning as they create. On Oct. 10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Charlotte makers showcase their inventions, creativity and resourcefulness at the city’s first Mini Maker Faire.

The family-friendly festival, located inside Discovery Place and along North Tryon Street between Sixth and Seventh streets uptown promises to push the limits of art, science and technology.

“Charlotte has a very strong community of innovators, and we are thrilled Discovery Place has the opportunity to help showcase and celebrate the people who make our city a great place to live and work,” says Catherine Wilson Horne, president and CEO of Discovery Place. “Our goal is to educate and engage the local community with the Maker movement in order to attract and inspire curious thinkers, doers and learners, in addition to serving as a platform for local and regional talent.”

Maker Camp at Discovery Place

Child sits watching 3D printer in the Library

Make: CommunitySince it started in 2012, over a million campers connected through Maker Camp and shared their experiences with other campers in the Maker Camp community.

Maker Camp is a great way for communities large and small to engage kids this summer with cool projects and activities. Maker Camp is free for everyone online. Everyone can join, no matter where they live, because Maker Camp is online, and it’s free!Imaginon - The Joe and Joan Martin Center

The children’s Library in Charlotte, Imaginon, hosted Make events all summer long. One of the Charlotte Makerspace members even left a 3D printer out for the kids to play and experiment with all summer long.

Child sits watching 3D printer in the Library
Google and Make’s summer Maker Camp Imaginon with Makerspace Charlotte
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