The maker movement, inspired by the desire to create and invent, and enabled by new tools such as 3D software and printers, desktop machine tools, laser cutters, electronics kits, and the growth of shared spaces where makers can access more advanced fabrication tools, is nurturing a new wave of hands-on innovation and entrepreneurship. The maker movement celebrates learning through doing, and the spirit of sharing.
Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages celebration of creative ingenuity in all its forms. Maker Faire features tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, commercial exhibitors, chefs, and more presenting the creative endeavors in which they are most passionate. All of these “makers” come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned. Maker Faires are community-based learning events that inspire everyone to think creatively and innovatively, and to connect with people and projects in their local community.
The Museum invites local makers to showcase their ingenuity and creativity at the Maker Faire event. Interested makers should apply on the Boston Mini Maker Faire website makerfaireboston.com. Confirmed participants for 2016 already include Artisan’s Asylum, Einstein’s Workshop, the Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts, NuVu Studios, and Design Museum Boston.
“Boston Children’s Museum has been at the forefront of ‘making’ with families for decades, before the current maker movement was even born. Making is in the Museum’s DNA,” said Carole Charnow, Boston Children’s Museum President & CEO. “As the first museum anywhere in the world with exhibits visitors could touch, Boston Children’s Museum revolutionized the traditional museum experience by introducing the ‘hands-on’ museum in the early 1960s, and hosting Boston’s first ever Maker Faire is a natural extension of that long history.”
Today’s young Makers are tomorrow’s innovators, engineers, artists, and creative thinkers. The Boston Mini Maker Faire is a sort of marketplace of possibilities for these future leaders. It is an event where children and adults alike will be exposed to the amazing, the ingenious, and the captivating; and where anyone can shop around for creative endeavors they may not have thought possible.
The first Maker Faire was held in San Francisco in 2006, and a record 235,000 people attended the two flagship Maker Faires (Bay Area and New York) in 2015. In 2014 President Obama hosted the first White House Maker Faire. Over 150 Maker Faires were held in 30 countries around the world in 2015, reaching over 1.2 million attendees, including Tokyo, Rome, Miami, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Chicago, Vancouver, Moscow, Seattle, Istanbul, New Orleans, and Delhi.
“Given the wealth of makerspaces and educational institutions in the area, Boston is overdue for a city-wide Maker Faire” said Sabrina Merlo, Maker Media Program Director. “We’re thrilled to announce this collaboration with Boston Children’s Museum, and can’t wait to see the range and breadth of what the Boston area maker community is working on.”
The Boston Mini Maker Faire is being led by Boston Children's Museum and an advisory board of leaders from local Maker organizations, including Derek Seabury from Artisan's Asylum, Henry Houh from Einstein's Workshop, Abigail Norman from Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts, and Rosa Weinberg from NuVu Studios.
Tickets to outside Maker Faire activities are $10 or $20 to both the Maker Faire and the Museum. Pre-event tickets will go on sale in May, 2016. Visit makerfaireboston.com/attend/ to purchase tickets.
Boston Mini Maker Faire is independently organized by Boston Children’s Museum and operated under license from Maker Media, Inc.
For additional information visit makerfaireboston.com and BostonChildrensMuseum.org