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Coming September 28
L-A Mini Maker Faire brings artists and innovators together

LEWISTON - On Saturday, September 28, Museum L-A will be hosting its second annual Lewiston-Auburn Mini Maker Faire from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bates Mill Atrium located at 35 Canal Street, Lewiston. It’s an opportunity for Do-It-Yourselfers and “Makers” of all ages and backgrounds to share their projects and innovations with the community and learn from other Makers. Where else might you find giant bubbles, comic-book superheroes, and soda-pop geysers? The L-A Mini Maker Faire invites the public to come spend the day learning and becoming inspired while enjoying local crafts, food, and toys.

The nationally and internationally renowned performers EepyBird will be back with their Coke Zero & Mentos Spectacular geysers. Also featured in this year’s Maker Faire is a replica of the “Iron Man” suit with “bionic hand repulsors” created by Thomas Lemieux of Oakland. Made out of plastic and foam rubber, the suit can’t fly but it is guaranteed to entertain with its flashing lights and sounds.

“Museum L-A is proud have been selected to host Maine’s first Maker Faire and we are excited to bright this to the community again,” says Rachel Desgrosseilliers, Executive Director of Museum L-A referring to last year’s inaugural event. “Our programs and events draw on the spirit of our creative, resourceful and forward-thinking ancestors,” she continued. “The Maker Faire is a great way to celebrate and encourage current and future innovators.” With an expanded lineup of presenters, the Museum is looking to expand on last year’s attendance of 800.
The Maker Movement attracts scientists, tech enthusiasts, inventors, artists, craftspeople, fabricators, engineers, and anyone who values creativity and innovation. “It's a day of amazing exhibits, hands-on learning and entertainment for the whole family,” notes Museum L-A Event Coordinator Kate Griffith. “We encourage guests to talk with the Makers about what they are doing – they may be inspired to create something new themselves.”

Food will be available on-site, with The Green Ladle offering a traditional barbecue with a vegetarian option.
In their laboratory deep in the woods of Buckfield, Fritz Grobe, Stephen Voltz and their creative team experiment with Coke and Mentos, sticky notes, shampoo, and more, transforming these everyday objects into something new and creative. Get a sneak peek of the EepyLab and their latest experiments and try out some of the duo’s wild inventions. Among the other presenters are: The Lewiston Police Department with their police tactical robot, FIRST robotics teams from area high schools, Bike Part Art, Fleecenik Designs, Composimold, Plain Crazy Bubbles, and Lockpickers. There will be opportunities to see 3D printers, paper quilling, wired technology, calligraphy, paper mache puppets, modular origami, chainmail jewelry, Raspberry Pi and more.

New this year is Mad Science of Maine with their "Air and Ice" and “Radical Reactions” shows. In describing their presentations “Chief Mad Scientist” Taryn Friedman explains, “You think homework is pressure? Just wait until you learn how the weight of the earth’s atmosphere pushes down on you with the force of an elephant! Watch in amazement as our vortex generator creates giant smoke rings.  We will explore the ‘Big Burp,’ the ‘Sizzling Scissors,’ and the famous ’Mad Science Shower.’  Children always marvel at the ’coolness‘ of this frozen gas. All Mad Science shows provide live, interactive and compelling educational experiences that make learning a blast!”  Museum staff 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 and make their own block-head doll, toolbox, helicopter, birdhouse and more.

The Lewiston-Auburn Mini Maker Faire is community-driven and independently organized, operating 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. Maker Faire has continued to gain responsiveness since its first inaugural event in 2005 and from that, additional large-scale faires were launched in 2010 in Detroit and New York City. 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 2013 Lewiston-Auburn Mini Maker Faire was made possible by the generosity of many supporters, including: Electricity Maine, Platz Associates, Bangor Savings Bank,  Lewiston Auburn Magazine, Gleason Media, Geiger , Home Depot, Maine Technology Institute, Walmart, Adaptive Designs, Inc., Falcon Performance Footwear, USM/Lewiston-Auburn College , The Auburn-Lewiston Rotary Breakfast Club, Delorme, ReEnergy, Front Street Shipyard, and Make magazine.

Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door for adults; $5 for ages 13-17; children age 12 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased online at http://lammf.eventbrite.com/ Guests should park at the 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 2013 Lewiston-Auburn Mini Maker Faire, visit the event’s website at: http://http//makerfairelewistonauburn.com or the Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/LAMiniMakerFaire  You can also follow LAMMF on Twitter: @LAMiniMakerFair.