Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Boise Mini Maker Faire - May 25-26, 2013

It's been entirely too long since I've posted!  The winter was long and cold, the spring was busy and now summer is upon us and the weather is almost too beautiful!!  Our family still has not seen much of the city (or the state for that matter), even though we have lived here for almost 2 years now, so we are looking forward to getting out and exploring Boise more this summer.  Who knows!  We may even venture outside of the city before it's all said and done!  Either way, we'll take lots of pictures and share our experiences with anyone reading the blog so you can get a taste of what life is like in the City of Trees!


So...here's a great activity to kick off the summer:

 
So what exactly is a "Maker" Faire?  Glad you asked.  I didn't know either.  This is the first ever Mkaer Faire for Boise and it sounds really, really cool, especially for a mom with two really curious boys. 
"Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—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. They are of all ages and backgrounds. The aim of Maker Faire is to entertain, inform, connect and grow this community."
The original Maker Faire was held in San Mateo California 8 years ago. There are a few major cities like Detroit, Kansas City, Newcastle (UK), and Tokyo which hold “featured” Maker Faires (200+ makers) every year, but smaller community-driven, independently organized Mini Maker Faires are popping up all around the United States and the world—including right here in Boise!

What will you see at the Boise Mini Makers Faire?  All kinds of things made by artisans, technicians, programmers, coders, crafters, foodies, performers, and inventors!  Check out wheelchairs made from bicycles and wood, wild fermentation experiments, robot battles and presentations on how to build tiny, livable houses for a minimalist lifestyle. 

It all sounds pretty interesting and I love the thought of having a venue for our local "creators" to show off their talents and inventions.  can't wait to check it out and post some photos!

Check out the Boise Mini Maker Faire website for more info!



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