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Maker Faire Orlando 2017 – the “Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth” Returns October 21-22nd

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A family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness!

Orlando, Florida — October 18, 2017 The sixth annual Maker Faire Orlando will be held – indoors and outdoors – at the Central Florida Fairgrounds and Expo Halls on Saturday, October 21st and Sunday October 22nd. The two day event is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these “makers” to show attendees experiments, projects, hobbies, and introduce audiences of all ages to science, technology, art, and more.

Part science fair, part steampunk convention, part craft fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gleeful celebration of innovation by 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, how they made it, and what they have learned. Adults and children alike walk away inspired and with a belief that they, too, can create something new and unique.

The first Maker Faire in Orlando was presented in 2012 as a Mini Maker Faire at the Central Florida Fairgrounds, drawing thousands of interested and curious makers and attendees.  The following year it was moved to the Orlando Science Center where it grew and reached increasingly larger audiences for three years until it outgrew the physical space.  In 2016 Maker Faire Orlando returned to the Fairgrounds and offered activities and experiences both indoors and outdoors that ranged from battling robots to soldering classes, and gave attendees insight into NASA, 3-D printing, teapot races, and more.  The continued interest by new and returning guests demonstrated the popularity of making and interest among legions of aspiring makers to participate in hands-on activities and learn new skills at the event.  A family-friendly event, in 2017, over 230 Maker Faires will have taken place around the world, including Tokyo, Rome, Shenzhen, Taipei, Seoul, Paris, Berlin, Barcelona, Detroit, San Diego, Milwaukee, and Kansas City.

“We are excited!  This is the sixth annual Maker Faire in Orlando, and we have expanded again. Central Florida is home to an amazingly diverse maker community,” said Ian Cole, co-founder of The Maker Effect Foundation. “This year we are able to do more because of a generous grant from Orange County Arts & Cultural Affairs and continued support from local maker groups. With the growth of the maker movement, we are proud to highlight the diverse maker community in Florida.”

The Maker Movement – Education, Workforce Development and Economic Growth

Technology and the internet continue to transform everything we do, and the global Maker Movement is harnessing these resources to change how we will live, work, and learn. Maker Faires provide unique opportunities to highlight innovative projects in a broad range of fields, new products and manufacturing methods, and to teach, inform and engage visitors of all ages. In education, making – or project-based learning – involves using tools, technology and materials, and learning new skills, like 3D design and printing, soldering, electronics, robotics, sewing (yes, this is a new skill for many people) and others. Making is motivating and inspiring students at all levels to explore the critical STEAM subjects (science, technology, engineering, arts/design and math) and promotes, problem-solving, creativity, conceptual thinking, collaboration, and a do-it-yourself attitude. MIT and other colleges and universities across the nation now invite prospective undergraduates to submit a Maker Portfolio as part of their application process; making is also revitalizing interest in vocational education. Discovery-based learning, for students of every age, is the basis of the Maker Movement, and it is changing education and opening minds to new possibilities.

Maker Faire Orlando includes:

  • Combat robots in two arenas and five weight classes (150 gram, 1 pound, 3 pounds, 15 pounds, and 220 pounds). These robots are built by amateurs through professionals.  Nine of the teams from the television show Battlebots are from Florida, and two of them will be here showing and telling people about their robots.
  • Exhibitors – over 300 exhibitors will show you what they do and how they do it, and if you’re interested you can purchase unique items from many of these makers.
  • A Fire Breathing Daisy constructed from reclaimed motor vehicle parts
  • Lockpick Village – try your hand at picking locks and learn about the vulnerabilities that lockpickers exploit
  • Nerdy Derby Racing is a miniature car building and racing competition inspired by the Cub Scouts’ Pinewood Derby. You can bring a car to race, or build one onsite using recycled materials! Sponsored by Factur.
  • Power Racing – here are the rules:  start with a Power Wheels vehicle, and modify it with a big electric motor, then pilot it around the track for glory! The latest rules allow for fully custom vehicles, as long as they appear to have been designed for kids, or could once have been a ride-on toy.
  • Hands-on workshops that range from the art and science of chocolate making to DIY cinematography and lighting techniques to make your own movies.  

For more details on Maker Faire Orlando go to http://www.makerfaireorlando.com.

Maker Faire Orlando 2017 will be held on Saturday, October 21 from 10am to 7pm and on Sunday, October 22 from 10am to 5pm. The event will take place at the Central Florida Fairgrounds, featuring exhibits in 3 air-conditioned exhibit halls and in the green spaces between the expo halls. All parking is on-site, and is free. A variety of food choices are available from on-site food vendors.

Tickets for the two day event at the Central Florida Fairgrounds can be purchased in advance for at https://www.makerfaireorlando.com/attend/ . Presale tickets are:

One day tickets – $10 for youths ages 4-12; $15 for adults

Two day tickets – $15 for youths ages 4-12; $25 for adults

Tickets can also be purchased at the event for:

One day tickets – $15 for youths ages 4-12; $20 for adults

Two day tickets – $25 for youths ages 4-12; $30 for adults

Tickets are free for educators and students from Title One Schools made possible by a generous sponsorship from Vistana Signature Experiences. For more information please go to: https://www.makerfaireorlando.com/educators

Volunteers can join at https://www.makerfaireorlando.com/volunteers

Download hi-res photos from last year’s event at the following Dropbox link: http://www.makerfaireorlando.com/press-kit

Maker Faire Orlando is independently organized and operated under license from Maker Media.

This project is funded in part by Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program.

ABOUT THE MAKER EFFECT FOUNDATION

The Maker Effect Foundation exists to activate and amplify the efforts of makers as they learn, build and work together in their communities. Their efforts include research, publication, community organization, event production, and startup advisement. The foundation’s community organization and startup efforts are focused on Central Florida, however our research and publication efforts are not limited in scope. The Maker Effect Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity.

For high-resolution photos, logos and more, please visit the following Dropbox link:

http://www.themakereffect.org/press-kit.