About Champlain Mini Maker Faire

A Maker Faire brings together families and individuals to celebrate the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset and showcase all kinds of incredible projects. At Maker Faire, you’ll find arts and crafts, science and engineering, food and music, fire and water but what makes this event special is that all these interesting projects and smart, creative people belong together. They are actively and openly creating a maker culture.

In its simplest form, Maker Faire creates conversations with Makers. It is a show-and-tell format for people of all ages that bring out the “kid” in all of us. Maker Faire is a community-based learning event that inspires everyone to become a maker and connect to people and projects in their local community. Yet, Maker Faire is a “fair” that is fun and engaging.

The Champlain Mini Maker Faire was developed by Doug Webster – Aerospace Engineer, President the National Association for Workforce Improvement, State Education Coordinator, and host of the TV STEM education series, “A Renewed Culture of Innovation” – with help from area businesses and community groups (including the Vermont Makers, Vermont Technology Alliance) with a mission to build a renewed culture of innovation.

Shelburne Farms will host the Champlain Mini Maker Faire September 23th-24th at the Coach Barn, a beautiful late 1900 barn with stables, a courtyard, and open indoor spaces adjacent to Lake Champlain.

Learn more about Maker Faires

Calling all Makers

What are the characteristics we are looking for as Makers?

A do-it-yourself project that is unique, inspiring, engaging, and interactive with observers. It tells a story. It might be a piece of art… or a tool or project that does something different. It should be something that hasn’t been seen before, or at least by few people.

Saturday, September 23, 2016, 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday, September 24, 2016, 11 am – 4 pm

Coach Barn, Shelburne Farms
1611 Harbor Road
Shelburne, Vermont 05482

Maker projects showcase the value and process of DIY invention and innovation, including:

  • Design/Architecture/Engineering
  • Robotics
  • Biotech/Biochem
  • Nanotechnology
  • 3D Printers
  • Tesla Coils
  • Arduinos
  • Lighting
  • Miniature Racing and Boating
  • Food/Agriculture
  • Student Projects/Experiments
  • Science Demonstrations
  • Clothing/Textile Design and Innovation
  • Novel crafts, including Wood, Glass, Metal
  • Found Object Creations
  • Visual Arts
  • Performing Arts
  • Fire/Water Displays
  • Unusual and/or Custom Tools
  • Kites
  • Bicycles
  • Art Cars

  • Non-commercial Maker Projects: A do-it-yourself project that is unique, inspiring and engaging. Extra points if your project interacts with observers and attendees. It might tell a story, be a piece of art, or be a tool or project that does something different, that most attendees have never seen before. It might do something better or cheaper than has ever been done before. Your project might be a “mash up” that repurposes existing technologies and materials in an “ah hah!” way, like an underwater bicycle. You should be present to demonstrate your project, answer questions, and point energized attendees at both local and global educational and material resources. All indoor Maker Demo Spaces are 10′ x 10′, but larger projects can be accommodated in tents outside. Projects that employ heat, fire, water, etc. can be accommodated in outside tents.
  • Commercial Participants: Commercial booths are available for businesses with Maker-related products to sell. If you sell 3D printers, Arduinos, or other materials or services, please sign up! Our attendees will be energized, and looking for ways to realize their new found interests! If you have products that you wish to donate for use as door prizes, please let us know!
  • Events: Projects that are performance events (quadcopter flights, pumpkin chucking trebuchets, etc) will be scheduled throughout the day: let us know what you want to do!
  • Talks: do you wish to give a 30 or 45 minute talk about your project or Maker experience, where people can sit and listen to you?
  • Workshops: do you want to give an hour-long workshop where people can participate in your project or technology?

Local, regional, and national groups, clubs, individuals, schools, universities, and hobbyists who can demonstrate or actually show the making of their invention/craft/project in a contained booth setting.

NOTE: Young Makers ages 16 and under must have parental/guardian permission and complete permission form to exhibit at Champlain Mini Maker Faire.

Applicants who are chosen by a review panel to participate will receive a 10’x10’ Maker Demo Space booth at no charge. Those applicants who also wish to offer their inventions/crafts/artwork for sale at Champlain Mini Maker Faire may be asked to pay a fee for their booth space (see application for details).

The Coach Barn is equipped to handle upward of 50 booths inside and on the surrounding grounds. Each booth will be allowed up to 4 exhibitor badges. Power will be supplied to each booth.

With excitement of last year’s event spreading throughout the community and the region, Shelburne Farms expects more than 2000 visitors to experience Champlain Mini Maker Faire this fall.

More questions? Contact us.

Maker Participation Agreement
Liability Agreement 17 and Under

CMF Partners

John Abele – Boston Scientific
David Bradbury – UVM, VCET
Pat Burke – South Burlington High School
John Canning – PCC
Curt Carter – Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation
John Cohn – IBM
Ara Hagan – Hagan Associates
Cairn Cross – Fresh Tracks
Doug Dickey- UVM Engineering
David Finney – Champlain College
Phelan Fretz – ECHO
Dom Grasso – UVM
Jenn Karson – UVM CEMS
Linda Kelliher – KSV Communications
Spencer Knapp – Fletcher Allen
Ken Merritt –  Vermont Venture Network
Melinda Moulton – Main Street Landing
Angelo Pizzagalli – Pizzagalli Partners
Cathy Resmer – Seven Days
Vermont Makers
Vermont Technology Alliance

About Maker Faire:

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.

Maker Faire Logo

The original Maker Faire event was held in San Mateo, CA and in 2014 celebrated its ninth annual show with some 1100 makers and 130,000 people in attendance. World Maker Faire New York, the other flagship event, has grown in four years to 600+ makers and 80,000 attendees. Detroit, Kansas City, Atlanta, Milwaukee, Orlando, Silver Spring, Paris, Rome, Oslo, Trondheim, Tokyo, Newcastle (UK), and Shenzhen are the home of larger-scale, “featured” Maker Faires and over 120 community-driven, independently organized Mini Maker Faires are now being produced around the United States and the world.

Maker Faire is supported by Make: magazine and Maker Media.

About Make: Magazine:

Make Magazine Cover

Make: is the first magazine devoted entirely to Do-It-Yourself (DIY) technology projects.

Make: unites, inspires, informs, and entertains a growing community of resourceful people who undertake amazing projects in their backyards, basements, and garages.

Make: celebrates your right to tweak, hack, and bend any technology to your will.

Besides the magazine and the faire, Make:
and Maker Media is:

  • a vital online stream of news and projects, blog.makezine.com;
  • a retail outlet for kits and books, the Maker Shed;
  • a steady stream of fun and instruction via our YouTube channel;
  • Make: Projects, a library of projects with step-by-step instructions;
  • a publisher of best-in-category titles via Make: Books, including introductions to electronics, Raspberry Pi, 3D printing, Arduino and more.

CMF is committed to ensuring that all of its activities and materials are accessible to the public. CMF does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation.”