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Grand Rapids Public Museum Continues to Celebrate Maker Faire in 2019

The Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) announced changes to the 6th annual Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire, taking place on Saturday, August 24, 2019.

Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these “makers” to show hobbies, experiments, projects. Maker Faire celebrates community members who are making or creating things by inviting them to share with the public what they have made.

“The Grand Rapids Maker Faire inspires children and visitors of all ages with new ways to create and think, offering new educational and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM),” said Stephanie Ogren, VP of Science & Education at the GRPM. “This event serves as a platform to influence the future of our community.”

The GRPM will be hosting a one-day event for the 2019 Maker Faire, in lieu of the recent changes at Maker Media. Maker Media recently announced that they have shut down business operations but are continuing to provide support for global Maker Faires happening this year.

“We thank our Maker Faire committee and sponsors for their continued support for planning this event. These dedicated individuals and businesses have supported education within the West Michigan region, and will continue to work closely with the GRPM on other education initiatives,” said Dale Robertson, President & CEO at the GRPM. “Visitors can still expect to see makers throughout the three floors of the Museum as well as on the Museum’s grounds for this year’s event.”

The Grand Rapids Maker Faire Call for Makers is currently open for makers to register their projects. Individuals and groups can now sign up at GrandRapids.MakerFaire.com.

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 GrandRapids.MakerFaire.com. The Call for Makers will close on July 31, 2019.

Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering that celebrates community members who are making things. 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 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 24.

The Grand Rapids Maker Faire is organized by a collaborative committee that includes members from: DTE Energy, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, Lakeshore Fab Lab at Muskegon Community College, Kent District Library, Kent Intermediate School District, WMCAT, Great Lakes Makers and the Grand Rapids Public Museum.

The 6th annual Grand Rapids Maker Faire is sponsored by: Maker Media Inc., DTE Energy Foundation, Gentex Corporation, Kent Intermediate School District and Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Downtown.

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

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