This Saturday, October 13, 2018, Discovery Place Science will host the fourth annual Charlotte Mini Maker Faire, a celebration of makers and creators from the community and beyond to showcase their skills and talent while inspiring the next generation of makers.

Where did this idea of a Maker Faire and the celebration of Making come from? The launch of Maker Faire started in 2006 in San Francisco and demonstrated the popularity of making and participating in hands-on activities while learning new skills. Since its launch, 200,000 people annually attend the two flagship Maker Faires in the Bay Area and in New York each year. As of 2017, over 190 independently-produced Mini Maker Faires plus 30 larger-scale Maker Faires will take place around the world.

There is no one single definition of what Maker is and should be, as it includes anyone who creates and has a story to tell. Makers range from an artist to a musician, to woodworking or engineering. On October 13, we can expect over 30 Makers to gather at the Museum and celebrate their inventions with the community.

This concept of a Maker culture resides in schools across the country today, with an understanding that learning is best done through doing. Maker labs in libraries, schools and museums (including our own Thinker Space) challenge children and adults to acquire a new skill by practicing it.

Come one, come all to the greatest show (and tell) on Earth at Discovery Place Science on Saturday, October 13, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Enjoy the Museum, learn a new skill and experience all that the Make culture has to offer!

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