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St.Joseph Prepares for First Big Muddy Mini Maker Faire

If you like to tinker, craft or you think you have the next great invention, mark your calendar for St.Joseph’s first Big Muddy Mini Maker Faire on Saturday,March 3.

Posted: Feb 16, 2018 9:47 PM
Updated: Feb 19, 2018 10:08 AM

If you like to tinker, craft or think you have the next great invention, mark your calendar for St. Joseph’s first Big Muddy Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, March 3.

Maker Faire Coordinator Sandra Pettit Weber describes a maker faire as a ‘show and tell’ opportunity for people who like to create.

“It’s part county fair, part science fair and part something else, but it’s to celebrate the maker movement. Which is anything from do-it-yourselfers in their garage, hobbyists, tech enthusiasts, drone makers, anybody that has a passion for making something. That is what maker fairs are celebrating,” Weber said.

The faire will bring together do-it-yourselfers, students and inventors to exchange ideas and demonstrate the value of hands-on learning.

Faire marketing and public affairs coordinator Ken Rosenauer said the faire is designed to provide learning opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering,Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) for children.

“Once you get a student doing something hands on with something, and engaging them to do problem solving and to do building, and to do creative kinds of things, then you really get an educational experience that’s important and it’s long lasting,” Rosenauer said.

Weber said the faire will include individuals demonstrating their various talents in robotics, coding, beekeeping, glass cutting, blacksmithing and more. A team of chemistry students and professors from Missouri Western will be one of 30 groups doing live demonstrations at the faire.

“We really like the hand on approach so that young people or old people or whatever aged people come through get to actually handle the materials. We hope we can give a simple hands on demonstration that everybody can understand,” Missouri Western Professor of Chemistry, Dr. Gary Clapp said.

Officials said the faire will have something to bring in tinkerers of all ages, and provide opportunities for learning and networking.

“It’s not just for kids. We are hoping to get adults out there. We’ve got young makers, some elementary kids all the way up to seniors,” Weber said.

A representative from the United States Patent and Trademark Office will be at the faire providing guidance for entrepreneurs looking to license their inventions.

The Big Muddy Mini Maker Faire will be Saturday, March 3, from 10a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Restoration Natatorium, located at the corner of Francis and North Second Street.

To purchase your tickets, visit their website.

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