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LEWISTON –   The Maker Faire is coming to Maine!  On Saturday, September 8  Museum L-A presents its first Lewiston-Auburn Mini Maker Faire from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bates Mill Atrium, 35 Canal Street, Lewiston.  It’s where to find, learn from and tinker with Inventors, Scientists, Students, Artists, Do-It-Yourselfers and “Makers” of all ages as they showcase their projects and inventions. And it’s where you can spend a day of family fun, learning and inspiration.  Nationally and internationally renowned performers EepyBird and AudioBody will headline the event, which celebrates creativity, craftsmanship, art, play (for both adults and children) and hands-on learning.
“The Museum’s inspiration to apply for the national license for the Mini-Maker Faire came from one of our prolific ancestor inventors, Adrien Jalbert,”  says Museum L-A’s Executive Director, Rachel Desgrosseilliers.  “With a sixth-grade education, he showed the power of imagination and creativity that we often find  in the oral histories of our local workers and we feel that this is important to celebrate as a community, says Desgrosseilliers. “This is the first Maker Faire in Maine and only the fourth in New England.  You’ll want to come and spend the whole day with us to share in fun, learning and shows with the whole family.”
The Maker movement attracts inventors, artists, craftspeople, fabricators, artisans and anyone who enjoys hands-on creativity. “It’s not only an opportunity to see what people are doing with their creative minds and  hands, but it’s also a chance to talk with the ‘Makers’ and find out how and where they get their inspiration – and be inspired to make something new themselves” says Kate Griffith, Museum L-A’s Program and Events Coordinator.
AudioBody’s Jason Tardy notes, “Maker Faires are the most rewarding places for us to perform because not only do people appreciate the show, but they also appreciate all the hard work it takes to create our show. And we have just as much fun seeing all the other crazy things people are making.  We are so thrilled that Maker Faire is coming to Maine and I know everyone that comes is going to have an absolutely amazing time.  You have never seen anything like this before!”
Food will be available on-site, with The Green Ladle offering a traditional barbecue with a vegetarian option.

Activities for the day include:

Exhibits/Demonstrations
•Auburn Middle School: Lego Robotics and Outdoor Solar Car race.
•Bike Part Art: Kinetic art from recycled bicycle parts; spirographs and zoetropes from bicycle parts.
•Calligraphy & Bookbinding: Learn the basic forms and strokes of calligraphy while trying out the round Chancery style.
•CarFree Maine: Demonstrating the “Flying Yankee Foldable Electric Bicycle,” “Microtracker-Open Source Transit Vehicle GPS Transmitter” and the “Mesh Networking for Rural Transit.”
•FIRST Robotics teams: High school students competing in varsity-level robotics competition sponsored by FIRST (For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology).
-“Infinite Loop” team from Messalonskee High School (Oakland) demonstrating their “Rebound Rumble” game – similar to basketball, but with more baskets and more balls.
-“SMART Robotic” team demonstrations by students from Spruce Mountain Middle and High Schools (Jay, Livermore, Livermore Falls and Fayette)
-Gardiner Iron Tigers team demonstrating their basketball-themed robot.
•Great Falls Boat Works: Lewiston boatbuilder handcrafting small crafts under 22 feet in wood and composites.
•Intermediate Tech Wind Power Generator: using discarded hardware, surplus and post-consumer appliances to make viable, point-of-use wind-generated power.
•Pika Energy:  Wind turbines for home use and oversized Slinkys.
•Plane Crazy: Build your own fifth-generation fighter jet from parts found at local hardware stores.
•Soft Circuit Saturdays: Projects combining electronics, sewing, crafts, and technology.  Try your hand at sewing a circuit with conductive thread, a battery and LEDs.
•SoPoHackerspace
•Turning Memories into Memoirs:  writing personal and family stories.
•Weaving & Spinning: Demonstrations of hand-weaving with wool and cotton and hand-spinning wool.
•Ventricles Apart Crafts: Heart and animal-inspired jewelry made from found objects and clay.

Performances
•AudioBody’s High Tech Comedy Show is the fusion of physical comedy and technology.  Armed with a collection of futuristic instruments brothers Matt and Jason Tardy take the stage in an attempt to create the ultimate musical performance, only to find themselves at odds with their own unruly musical inventions. Sibling rivalry, technological mishaps and outrageous happenings collide on stage to create a performance full of relentless comedy, amazing stunts, up-beat music, and LED light shows!
•EepyBird’s Extreme Diet Coke & Mentos Experiments: see what happens when you combine 200 liters of Diet Coke and over 500 Mentos mints. It’s the backyard experiment that became a cultural phenomenon. EepyBird explores creativity, and in particular, the ways in which ordinary objects can do extraordinary things. In their laboratory deep in the woods of Buckfield, Fritz Grobe, Stephen Voltz and their creative team experiment with Coke & Mentos, sticky notes, paper airplanes, shampoo, and more as they search for ways to transform these things from everyday life into something new, into something unforgettable.  Get a sneak peek of the EepyLab and their latest experiments where adults can play with some of Fritz and Stephen’s wild inventions!
•Peaks Island Puppets: Comedic, physical Jewish-themed puppetry.  “Solomon and Ashmedai”  is a 20-minute puppet show featuring a fable about how the wise king Solomon wasn’t always so wise. The show is suitable for adults and children.


Children’s Programs, Tours
Museum L-A educators and volunteers will lead activities throughout the day for children of all ages. Children will have the opportunity to send Morse code messages on a homemade telegraph, experiment with “ kitchen-cupboard chemistry,” make their own block-head doll, try out a nail and marble musical instrument and create  a thumb piano.  Tours of nearby Baxter Brewing and Maine Heritage Weavers will showcase creativity and innovation going on right in the heart of Lewiston-Auburn.


The Lewiston-Auburn Mini Maker Faire is independently organized and operated under license from O’Reilly Media, Inc. Maker Faire’s mission is to entertain, inform, connect and inspire these thousands of Makers and aspiring Makers. The inaugural Maker Faire was held in San Mateo, CA and last year celebrated its sixth annual Bay Area event with some 100,000 people in attendance. As Maker Faire has grown in popularity and relevance, additional flagship faires were launched in 2010 in Detroit and New York City. Community-driven, independently produced Mini Maker Faire events inspired by Maker Faire are now being produced around the United States and the world, now including the Lewiston-Auburn Mini Maker Faire.


The Lewiston-Auburn Mini Maker Faire was made possible by the generosity of many supporters, including: Platz Associates, Bangor Savings Bank, Geiger, Lewiston Auburn Magazine, Consumer Title, Gleason Media, and Make magazine.


Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door for adults; $5 for ages 13-18; free for ages 12 and under and can be purchased online at: http://makerfairelewistonauburn.eventbrite.com. Guests are encouraged to park at Canal Street parking garage (62 Canal Street) or the garage at the corner of Lincoln and Chestnut streets (29 Chestnut Street). For more information about the 2012 Lewiston-Auburn Mini Maker Faire, visit the event’s website:  http//makerfairelewistonauburn.com and Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/LAMiniMakerFaire  and follow on Twitter @LAMiniMakerFair