Tonawanda News


February 24, 2014

Make it so

First Mini Maker Faire to take place at Museum of Science

Tonawanda News — If you make it ... they will come.

The first Buffalo Mini Maker Faire will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Buffalo Museum of Science, celebrating “makers” of all sorts, from knitters to sculptors to engineers, and giving Western New Yorkers an introduction to the “Maker movement” that’s sweeping the globe.

Amy Biber, the museum’s marketing manager, said that Maker Faires have been taking place for a number of years, starting in San Mateo, Calif., in 2006 and spreading across the world. With the opening of the museum’s Makeshift workshop and In Motion science studio, the museum wanted to bring the first official Maker Faire to Buffalo and applied to Maker Media (which sponsors the fairs and publishes MAKE magazine) to start their own event in Buffalo.

“As it stands right now, we already have between 40 and 50 makers signed up. We got quite a response not only from craftsmen, but from kids,” Biber said. “It’s a really, really exciting event.”

While makers are coming from as far away as Brooklyn and Toronto, the majority are from Western New York, she said. “We have metal sculptors, knitters, a robotics group is coming in ... there’s someone who actually did a prototype of R2D2.”

Members of the Buffalo Lab community workshop will be participating, as will people showcasing several types of 3D printers, sculpture of other sorts and a maker who’s built dozens of famous buildings from around the world to scale — out of toothpicks.

A group from Pembroke Junior/Senior High School will create terrariums out of repurposed materials, and for younger makers, another participant will showcase creating Muppet-type puppets from repurposed materials — a common theme in the making world, Biber said.

“There are just so many different types of making out there and it all has its own perspective,” she said. “We picked a pretty good variety of makers. It’s neat to see what people think of.”

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