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.
Everyone is a Maker. Ranging from tech enthusiasts to crafters to scientists to garage tinkerers and more.
Maker Faire combines the traditional science fair with innovation and engineering. Featuring both established and emerging local “makers,” the Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire is a family-friendly celebration featuring rockets and robots, DIY science and technology, urban farming and sustainability, alternative energy, unique hand-made crafts, local food, and more!
The Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire is being organized by a collaborative committee chaired by DTE Energy Scotty Kehoe, along with Grand Rapids Community College Moss Ingram, Grand Valley State University Dr. Wael Moktar and Dr. Samhita Rhodes, Lakeshore Fab Lab at Muskegon Community College Chris Kaminsky, Kent District Library Craig Buno, Kent Intermediate School District Rick Mushing and Gerry Verwey, WMCAT Trudy Ngo-Brown, Great Lakes Makers, Rachel Morris and the Grand Rapids Public Museum.
The original Maker Faire event was held in San Mateo, CA. Maker Faire is supported by Make: magazine and Maker Media. Maker Faire originated in 2006 in the San Francisco Bay Area as a project of the editors of Make: magazine. It has since grown into a significant worldwide network of both flagship and independently-produced events. Read more on Maker Faire history, the Maker Movement, as well as how to start a Maker Faire or a School Maker Faire where you live.