Calling all Creative Types! Science Center Hosts Maker Faire

The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is hosting the third annual Mini Maker Faire Saturday, April 28th from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. This event embraces the spirit of the do-it-yourself movement and features local and regional makers sharing emerging tech, hobbies and experiments across a variety of categories.

This family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness celebrates the Maker Movement by dedicating a place for people to show what they are making and share what they are learning with like-minded people. Tech enthusiasts, crafters, visual artists, scientists and tinkerers of all ages and backgrounds are invited to connect and grow together.

“This event will be part science fair, part county fair, and part educational,” said Kate Arrizza, CEO of the Science Center. “We’re always looking for ways to open every mind to science, and this is the perfect place to engage the community to tinker, build and grow their curiosity. This is an important opportunity to encourage makers of all ages and backgrounds to solve problems and engage their creativity, and we are so grateful to our sponsors for making this day happen.”

All ages are invited to experience DIY robotics, maker workshops, 3D printing, live science demos, local artists and so much more. Some featured Maker projects include bottle rocket launches by Aerojet Rocketdyne and Resource Depot, drone obstacle courses by FAU’s Tech Garage, and woodworking workshops by the Delray Beach Children’s Garden.

The original Maker Faire was held in San Mateo, CA in 2006, and has grown to more than 1,100 makers and 145,000 attendees. World Maker Faire New York, the other flagship event, has grown in four years to include more than 600 makers and 80,000 attendees.  Cities all over the world, including Atlanta, Orlando, San Diego, Paris, Rome, Tokyo, and more, are home to larger-scale Maker Faires. In addition, more than 120 community-driven, independently organized “Mini Maker Faires” are now being produced around the United States and the world—including right here in Palm Beach County.

Sponsors for the Mini Maker Faire include Palm Beach Tech Association, Resource Depot, FAU’s Tech Garage, AR Design, MAKE: Magazine, Jaycon Systems, PCBWay, MaKey MaKey, Palm Beach County, the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County and Discover the Palm Beaches.

This event is included in regular admission to the Science Center, which is $16.95 for adults, $14.95 for seniors, $12.95 for children (3-12), FREE for children under 3, and FREE for members.

The mission of the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is to “open every mind to science” and the indoor/outdoor venue features more than 100 hands-on educational exhibits, a 10,000 gallon fresh and salt water aquarium- featuring both local and exotic marine life, a digital planetarium, conservation research station, Florida exhibit hall, Pre-K focused “Discovery Center,” an interactive Everglades exhibit and the 18-hole Conservation Course – an outdoor putting course with science-focused education stations. For more information, call 561-832-1988 or visit www.sfsciencecenter.org. Like the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium on Facebook and follow them on Twitter and Instagram @SFScienceCenter.

The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is located at 4801 Dreher Trail North in West Palm Beach and is open Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.  Admission to the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium during Astronaut is $16.95 for adults, $12.95 for children ages 3 to 12 and $14.95 for seniors aged 60 and older.  Science Center members and children under 3 are free.  Planetarium shows and mini golf are not included in general admission pricing.