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We're Proud to be part of the Maker Faire Community!

Greater Lafayette Mini Maker Faire

New York Xperimental is proud to be part of the Maker Faire Community!

If you're not familiar with Maker Faire or have never been to a Maker Faire Event, it's been decribed by Make: Magazine as "Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new. Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. All of these “makers” come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned."

New York Xperimental was honored to have the opportunity to take part in Imagination Station's FIRST Annual Mini Maker Faire in Lafayette this past weekend!

We were joined by Perdue University's C Design Lab, EPICS and FIRST Robotics Teams, as well as E-Blox, MatchBOX Coworking Studios, Legendary Games and Wulfgar Weapons and Props, to name a few. Maker Faire was first introduced in the Bay Area in 2006, and has since become a global phenomenon. Maker Faire has inspired an enthusiastic community of individuals all over the world that love to show off their skills and learn new ones through demonstrations and hands-on activities.

We had the opportunity to interact with makers of all ages and discuss fun projects we've all done, problems we've solved and exciting new projects we plan to do next! We were able to show lots of different ways to incorporate 3D printing into projects, how to finish prints and turn them into real working models, and even some great projects anyone can make using basic molding and casting techniques. We were even invited to be part of the Tech Talk Roundtable, an open forum to discuss some of the technologies that have made their way into the public sector.

According to Maker Faire, "Maker Faire is primarily designed to be forward-looking, showcasing makers who are exploring new forms and new technologies. But it’s not just for the novel in technical fields; Maker Faire features innovation and experimentation across the spectrum of science, engineering, art, performance and craft. Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. It’s a venue for makers to show examples of their work and interact with others about it. Many makers say they have no other place to share what they do. DIY (Do-It-Yourself) is often invisible in our communities, taking place in shops, garages and on kitchen tables. It’s typically out of the spotlight of traditional art or science or craft events. Maker Faire makes visible these projects and ideas that we don’t encounter every day."

We were thrilled to be part of this event--and can't wait until the next one! To learn more, check out:

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