What is a Maker Faire?
Maker Faire is a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning.
Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers. The aim of Maker Faire is to entertain, inform, connect and grow this community.
To see maker faire in action, watch a video here:
Projects include woodworking, technology, screen printing, electronics, gaming, handmade jewelry, drawing, 3-D printing, fashion, and more.
Makers will be located inside and outside of Exploration Place.
– Use prehistoric skills to drill holes in stone, bone, shell, wood and other materials. Make a pendant to take home!
– Encounter a tiny house and walk through it.
– Design, shape and make sculptures with clay.
– Make their own chainmail keychain.
– Decorate leather with stamping tools!
– Investigate the process of electric guitar design.
– Jam to music playing speakers repurposed from vintage suitcases.
– Build custom embedded electronics and learn how to 3-D print custom plastics.
– Transform wool into fiber.
– Create shapes and forms out of a plain piece of wire and learn how to bind books.
– Try woodworking.
– Scan and print 3-D objects with the help of different kinds of light and 3-D printers.
– Make their own maker faire cloth bag.
– Design and build an animatronic creature.
– Create a skateboard.
– And more!
Plus, these food trucks will be outside available for purchase all weekend long:
Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday; Noon – 5 p.m.
Lil Bit Gourmet Burgers
Saturday: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Sunday: Noon – 1 p.m.
Little Lion Ice Cream
Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday: Noon – 5 p.m.
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Sunday: Noon – 2 p.m.
Wichita Mini Maker Faire is independently organized and operated under license from Maker Media, Inc.
Admission: The event is included with museum admission, free for Exploration Place and MakeICT members.
Location: Exploration Place, 300 N. McLean Blvd., Wichita, Kan., 67203
The mission of MakeICT is to innovate, learn, and build community at the intersection of art, technology, science and culture. Located in Wichita, Kan., MakeICT houses a MakerSpace where people with common interests can meet, socialize and/or collaborate. MakerSpaces can be viewed as open community labs incorporating elements of machine shops, workshops and/or studios where makers can come together to share resources and knowledge to build and make things.
About Maker Media
Maker Media is a global platform for connecting makers with each other, with products and services, and with our partners. Through media, events and ecommerce, Maker Media serves a growing community of makers who bring a DIY mindset to technology. Whether as hobbyists or professionals, makers are creative, resourceful and curious, developing projects that demonstrate how they can interact with the world around them. The launch of Make: magazine in 2005, followed by Maker Faire in 2006, jumpstarted a worldwide Maker Movement, which is transforming innovation, culture and education. Headquartered in San Francisco, Maker Media is the publisher of Make: Magazine and the producer of Maker Faire. It also develops “getting started” kits and books that are sold in its Maker Shed store as well as in retail channels. The Make: brand caters to a universe of more than 25 million makers collectively across its Make: magazine, makezine.com, Maker Faires, and Maker Shed properties.
About Exploration Place
Exploration Place offers visitors of all ages interactive environments, hands-on experiences, Kansas’ largest domed theater – the Boeing Dome Theater and Planetarium – imaginative spaces, and outdoor recreation, all located on a 20-acre site along the scenic Arkansas River in downtown Wichita, Kan.
Maker Faire Contact Info
Christina Bluml | Director of Marketing
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