On Saturday, May 14, the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium and Hacklab North Boynton will co-produce the “greatest show (and tell) on Earth” – Palm Beach County’s first ever “Mini Maker Faire.” Maker Faires embrace the spirited do-it-yourself (or do-it-together) movement, and invite the public to see and engage in a variety of home-grown fun. The day-long event takes place from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Science Center, featuring local and regional makers sharing projects and products across a variety of categories, including a human-powered snow cone making machine.
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. Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters, homesteaders, scientists and garage tinkerers, of all ages and backgrounds. Maker Faire is intended to entertain, inform, connect and grow this community of creative individuals.
“The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is truly living its mission to ‘open every mind to science,’” said Lew Crampton, Science Center CEO. “As a leader in informal science education in Palm Beach County, we are constantly embracing new opportunities to engage our community to tinker, build and make things – no matter age or experience. Curiosity is how we continue to learn and grow. We are excited to be teaming up with Hacklab to support the Maker Movement and bring the Mini Maker Faire to the residents of Palm Beach County. Guests will see tons of creativity, inventiveness and excitement on May 14, as exhibitors – young and old – show off their handmade crafts, experiments and more. The maker movement can be found all over, and it is important that we create opportunities to encourage makers to continue making, because that is how problems are solved.”
There will be 50 booths all over the Science Center complex featuring opportunities for interactive and hands-on fun, including the “Nerdy Derby Challenge,” a “no rules” miniature car building and racing competition; soldering workshops; teaching tinkering tricks; and an electronics lab, where participants will be encouraged to take apart recycled computers, speakers, phones, and more. Onsite parking and outdoor exhibits on the Science Center grounds for the Mini Maker Faire are open to the public free of charge.
Sponsors for the Mini Maker Faire include Make: Magazine, Hacklab North Boynton, Jaycon Systems, SouthEastern Data, Young Makers Lab, The Greene School, Palm Beach County, Cultural Council of the Palm Beaches, and Discover the Palm Beaches.
Hacklab’s co-founders, staff and members are active leaders and participants in the maker community locally, regionally, and nationally. “We’ve gone from attending and exhibiting at Maker Faires, to co-producing both the Miami Mini Maker Faire, from 2013 to 2016, and now the inaugural Palm Beach Mini Maker Faire,” according to Mike Greenberg, Hacklab co-founder and Board Vice Chair. “Hacklab is the first and only community makerspace in Palm Beach County. Makers, inventors, and tinkerers of all ages congregate at Hacklab for events, classes, workshops, group project nights and maker camps. We’ve seen the extraordinary impact Maker Faire has had on growing the Miami Maker community, and we are confident that our partnership with the Science Center to bring Maker Faire to Palm Beach will similarly catalyze and grow our Maker community in Palm Beach.”
The launch of Make: Magazine in 2005, followed by Maker Faire in 2006, jumpstarted a worldwide Maker Movement, which is transforming innovation, culture and education. Maker Media is a global brand that caters to a universe of more than 25 million makers collectively across its Make: Magazine (print), makezine.com (online digital), Maker Faire (events) and Maker Shed (retail products) properties.
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.
For more information about the inaugural Palm Beach Mini Maker Faire, visit http://makerfairepalmbeach.com or call 561-832-1988. Opportunities to support the Palm Beach Mini Maker Faire as a sponsor or volunteer are still available.
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’s permanent exhibits and new traveling exhibit, Grossology, is $15 for adults, $11 for children ages 3 to 12 and $13 for seniors aged 60 and older. Science Center members and children under 3 are free.
Grossology takes visitors on a tour of their bodies, by way of Magic School Bus-style, as they literally step through the mouth of the exhibit. Once inside the exhibit, “Nigel Nose-It-All” will explain why people have runny noses, allergies and sneeze; “Tour Du Nose” takes guests on a tour through a nose replica – standing at 10-feet-tall; “Burp Man,” a larger than life cartoon character, who drinks from a three-foot-tall soda can pumped by visitors, details the cause of burps; and “Click Ick” allows visitors an opportunity to play nine different activities, including exploratory labs, puzzles, games and more. As visitors wind their way through 5,000-square-feet of human science, they will also learn about skin issues, “gas attacks” and vomit.