First Mini Maker Faire in Bakersfield Sure to Be Success

The School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering (NSME) at California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB) will be hosting the first Bakersfield Mini Maker Faire on January 30, 2016 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Student Union.

Sponsored by the Chevron Corporation and Make: Magazine, the Mini Maker Faire is a family- oriented showcase celebrating the Maker Movement through invention, creativity, and the resourcefulness of individuals who demonstrate a passion for building and learning. The Movement was launched in San Mateo, California in 2006, a year after the first publication of Make: Magazine. There are now more than 130 Maker Faires held throughout the world attracting 1.5 million attendees.

The Faires are designed to be interactive and educational, with participants taking part in hands- on experiences and detailed demonstrations. They foster curiosity and help individuals learn more about how things work. Many of the makers are hobbyists who are creating new innovative products that help communities solve problems and promote community well-being. Through the Faire, participants will have the opportunity to explore their own creativity connecting with a unique group of designers and inventors.

“NSME and Chevron are committed to working together to educate the next generation of STEM professionals and STEM-literate citizens for Kern County and beyond,” said Dr. Anne Houtman, NSME Dean, “Like CSUB’s new Fab Lab, the Mini Maker Faire is a way to engage Roadrunners of all ages in the international maker movement.”

The Faire will include a number of booths and vendors featuring high-tech projects such as 3D printing and robotics, including a remote control lawn mower and mind-controlled race cars. Arts and crafts will also be part of the Faire to help participants connect traditional techniques such as Chinese calligraphy, henna body art, sewing, and knitting to modern-day design.

“We are very pleased by the overwhelming interest of the community in our event and how quickly tickets are being snatched up,” said event spokesperson, Andrea L. Medina, Director of Grants and Outreach for NSME.

This event is free and open to the public. Tickets will be required and can be printed from the website. Parking is free in lots J, K1, K2 and L, which are located off of Kroll and Don Hart Drive.

For more information about the event, please visit the Bakersfield Mini Maker Faire’s website, http://bakersfieldminimakerfaire.com

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