Burlington Maker Faire awakens creator in all of us

By Sabrina Otero
Times-News correspondent

Stephen Chapman, Alamance Makers Guild member and steampunk artist, poses for a photo with Ilsa Spaan. / Ben Harris, Special to the Times-News

If the idea of mad scientists, uncanny creations and eye-catching exhibits are appealing to you, then you’ll want to “save-the-date” in August for an experience that’s a formula jam-packed with these key ingredients. Whether it’s watching the genius unfold around you or taking part in the fun yourself, the Burlington Mini Maker Faire is sure to awaken the maker within.
Described as a “celebration of creativity, craftsmanship, art, play and learning,” the Burlington Mini Maker Faire will serve as host for many innovative exhibits for its second year at the Holly Hill Mall and Business Center in Burlington. It will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17. This family friendly event is sponsored by the Alamance Makers Guild, and aims to showcase some of the most unique programmers, educators and artists in our local area.
There will be plenty of opportunity to view science at work through interactive projects, robotics and much more. Ben Harris, founder of the Alamance Makers Guild, encourages attendees to take advantage of the many activities the event has to offer: “learn about 3-D printing, make something with your own two hands, get your steampunk on and share your own ideas.”
   As an event-goer, you’ll get the rare chance to watch our local builders display their extraordinary skill sets and perhaps be inspired to create something spectacular of your own. The Faire itself promises to provide something for everyone, and its booths won’t be exclusive to high-tech solely: “costume making, prop making, jewelry making, Star Wars costumes, recycled crochet, blacksmithing demos, electric vehicles, and even singing tesla coils” are scheduled to appear at the event according to Harris. Admission to the Faire is free, but those who sign up for their free tickets online and bring their printout with them will be eligible for other goodies and giveaways. Visit burlingtonmini makerfaire.com.
Further disproving that the art of inventing isn’t wholly an adults-only venture, the youth branch of the Alamance Makers Guild is currently looking for young makers, too. Be on the lookout for its booth while exploring the festival; you can also email thebribunny@gmail.com for additional details.
Be sure to like the Alamance Makers Guild’s official page on Facebook to stay tuned to the latest details concerning all Maker events at www.facebook.com/Alamance MakersGuild. You also can visit local business pages promoting this month’s upcoming Maker Faire, like Geeks Plus who will be raffling a free laptop at www.facebook.com/GeeksPlus.

 Sabrina Noelle Otero is a junior in the Alamance Burlington Middle College and a Teens & Twenties writer.


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