Grand Valley to host inventors at Maker Faire


Grand Valley State University is partnering with Grand Rapids Public Museum to host inventors and innovators during the fourth annual Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire, August 19-20.

Maker Faire combines the traditional science fair with innovation and engineering. The Faire will feature robotics, 3D printing, drone races, blacksmithing and glass blowing, as well as local food and educational installations. Interactive stations and inventions will be showcased by crafters, hobbyists, engineers, students and tech enthusiasts.

More than 100 makers and their projects will be on display in the Kennedy Hall of Engineering and Keller Engineering Labs on the Pew Grand Rapids Campus, as well as the Grand Rapids Public Museum.

Grand Valley joined the Faire as an organizing partner in June 2015. Sara Maas, outreach coordinator for the Padnos College of Engineering and Computing (PCEC), said the university’s participation in this event is a natural fit.

“As the Makers Faire has grown in size, PCEC has been able to provide more space for the makers to come share their displays,” Maas said. “We have engineering facilities that tie in the education component of STEM.”

Grand Valley students, faculty and staff members will receive $1 admission to the Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire through the partnership with GRPM; bring an ID card to ticketing stations.

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