Vermont’s First Maker Faire Draws Crowd of Over 1,300

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Vermont’s First Maker Faire Draws Crowd of Over 1,300

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Shelburne, Vermont – The Champlain Mini Maker Faire drew an all-ages crowd of over 1,300 people to Shelburne Farms on Saturday, September 29th. About 50 Makers from across Vermont gathered to show the public what they had made and discuss what they learned in the process.

The event brought together local DIY enthusiasts and gave the public the opportunity to learn from and be inspired by their creativity and innovation. Kids and parents alike watched in awe as pumpkins were flung from homemade trebuchets into Lake Champlain, robots schooled folks in games of one-on-one basketball and 3D printers “magically” produced items such as plastic gears and toy alligators. The interactive setup combined learning with play, arts with engineering and science with fun.
Executive Event Producer Doug Webster (State Education Coordinator and host of the TV STEM education series, “A Renewed Culture of Innovation”) says he feels the event was an incredible success. “It was a great start to something that has enormous potential. Wait ‘til you hear of some of the ideas for next year!”

Keynote speaker Dean Kamen discussed some of his own inventions and how 3D printing is changing the way people invent. Widely known for inventing the Segway, Dean Kamen is an inventor, entrepreneur, and tireless advocate for science and technology. He holds more than 440 U.S. and foreign patents, many of them for innovative medical devices – such as an advanced prosthetic arm and the first best online casino wearable infusion pump – that have expanded the frontiers of health care worldwide.

The inaugural Maker Faire was held in San Mateo, CA in 2006. Maker Faire Bay Area celebrated its sixth annual Bay Area event in 2011 with some 100,000 people in attendance. Additional flagship Faires were launched in 2010 in Detroit and New York City. Community-driven, independently produced Mini Maker Faire events are now being produced throughout the United States and around the world.
For event photos, visit http://www.facebook.com/ChamplainMakerFaire?fref=ts.

EVENT SPONSORS:
Vermont Technology Council/UVM Ventures
SparkFun Electronics
Champlain College
Sesamedia New Media
Paul Kaza Associates
Meach Cove Farms
InventVermont

PRESENTING SPONSORS
Fair Point Communications
Pizzagalli Properties, LLC
Seven Days Newspaper
BioTek Instruments
Physicians Computer Company
UTC Aerospace Systems

CONTRIBUTING SPONSORS
Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies
Star 92.9
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters
Advanced Educational Technologies, LLC

OTHER
Summit Technologies