Discovery Place will host Charlotte’s first Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, October 10th, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Activities will take place inside Discovery and outside, on North Tryon Street, between 6th and 7th Streets. The inside activities are included in the cost of admission ($15 for adults, $12 for kids age 2-13 and seniors, and are free for members.) Tickets can be bought in advance at cltmakerfair.org. The outside activities are free for all.
More than 70 makers from across the Carolinas will exhibit at the Charlotte Mini Maker Faire, from tech enthusiasts to crafters, homesteaders to scientists, professionals to garage tinkerers.
- A 3D Printed Shelby Cobra sports car created in collaboration with the Department of Energy, Oakridge National Labs and TruDesign! This car represents the future of automobile manufacturing from 3D printing to electric power. What color will your future car be?
- Carolina Combat Robots brings you BotHockey where you can practice the perfect hat trick, and then watch a pair of mechanical gladiators duke it out in the Robot Combat arena.
- Take up-cycling to a whole new level as The Scrap Exchange brings barrels of doo-dads and knick-knacks for you to piece together something amazing to take home.
- Watch the power of electricity unfold as thousands of volts of electricity are harnessed for Musical Tesla Coils, producing sparks up to two feet long.
- The world’s first 3D printed kayak, created by Grass Roots Engineering founder, Jim Smith.
Inside Discovery Place, guests will meet more than 50 different makers stationed on all three levels of the Museum. Hands-on workshops and demonstrations will take place every hour, on the hour between 11:00 a.m. to 3:oo p.m. Workshops have a capacity of 25-30 guests on a first come, first serve basis, so don’t miss out on the fun! Be sure to pick up an Event Guide at Sixth Street Admissions to plan your day accordingly. A full schedule of workshops is also available at cltmakerfaire.org.
Outside on Tryon Street, guests can explore additional makers and enjoy popular food trucks like Street Spice, Mae’s Creole Kitchen, King of Pops and Roman’s Icy Treats. There will be performances throughout the day at MAX, UNC Charlotte’s Mobile Arts and Community Experience stage created by Boxman Studios. This former shipping container has been transformed into a performance stage that features over 16 feet of decking and rock-n-roll trussing. Stop by the MAX stage to check out the performance schedule.