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Call to Makers Extended for the Grand Rapids Maker Faire

The Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire announced today that the Call to Makers for the 4th annual Grand Rapids Maker Faire has been an extended! Makers now have until Friday, August 4 to sign up to showcase what they have invented or are making.

This year’s Maker Faire will be August 19 & 20 held at the Grand Rapids Public Museum and nearby Grand Valley State University’s John C. Kennedy Hall of Engineering.

Maker Faire is looking for participants who enjoy tinkering, hacking, building and designing new technology based inventions. Any groups or individuals interested in participating in the Maker Faire should complete the application at Grand Rapids.MakerFaire.com. Unfinished projects are also welcome at Maker Faire.

The Grand Rapids Maker Faire is a family-friendly celebration featuring tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, hobbyists, engineers, artists, students and commercial exhibitors. Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering. All of these “makers” come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned.

The Faire will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 19 and from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, August 20. Early bird tickets are available for purchase at GrandRapids.MakerFaire.com through Friday, August 4! Museum members receive FREE early bird tickets.

The Grand Rapids Maker Faire is being organized by a collaborative committee chaired by DTE Energy Scotty Kehoe, along with the GR Makers Mark Van Holstyn, The Geek Group Lis Bokt, Grand Rapids Community College Moss Ingram, Grand Valley State University Dr. Wael Moktar and Samhita Rhodes, Kent District Library Craig Buno, Kent Intermediate School District Rick Mushing and Ebiri Nkugba, Camp Newaygo Scott Lakin and Engine Matt Gryczan, Michigan Crossroads Council- Boy Scouts of America Bridget Knight, WMCAT Trudy Ngo-Brown and the Grand Rapids Public Museum.

The 4th annual Grand Rapids Maker Faire is sponsored by Make: Magazine, JR Automation Technologies, LLC, DTE Energy Foundation, Allegra Marketing, Print, Mail, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University. Kent ISD, Lloyd Mandelbaum Director at Chicago Crucible LLC, Koops, Inc. and Open System Technologies.

Follow the development of the Grand Rapids Maker Faire on Twitter @makerfaireGR, as well as on its Facebook page athttps://www.facebook.com/makerfairegr/ .

Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire is independently organized and operated under license from Maker Media, Inc.

Grand Rapids Public Museum

The Grand Rapids Public Museum is an invaluable, publicly-owned institution that is home to more than 250,000 unique artifacts that tell the history of Kent County and beyond, houses the only planetarium in the region, and is responsible for protecting the Norton Indian Mounds, a national historic landmark. The Grand Rapids Public Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, with its main location in downtown Grand Rapids, MI at 272 Pearl Street, NW. For additional information including hours of operation, admission fees and exhibit/event listings, please visit www.grpm.org.