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Maker Faire® Milwaukee 2015 announces schedule of events


Maker Faire® Milwaukee 2015 announces schedule of events

Sept. 26 and 27 event to include hands-on workshops, maker demonstrations and competitions, DIY expert presentations and entertainment

MILWAUKEE – (September 21, 2015) Maker Faire Milwaukee, a free, family-friendly event at Wisconsin State Fair Park on Saturday, Sept. 26 from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., will feature hands-on workshops, talks from DIY experts, how-to maker demonstrations, build competitions, entertainment and opportunities for people of all ages to learn specific making skills.

From drone flying and RC car racing, soldering, metalworking, letterpress and 3D printing, circuit bending, to cooking, sewing, and making upcycled clothing, Maker Faire Milwaukee’s weekend lineup ensures something for everyone. Highlights of the workshops (both free and paid), presentations, and hands-on areas for the schedule of events include:

  • GE Design & Build Challenge - On Saturday from noon – 4 p.m., attendees can see innovation at work as they watch registered teams (representing Marquette University, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, Elkhorn Technology & Engineering Club and others) compete in a fun and fast-paced design and build competition. “MacGyver” fans: this is for you!

  • Brady Corporation MAKE Milwaukee - With iconic Milwaukee structures for inspiration, Faire-goers are invited to design and create innovative buildings, collaborating on an expansive city scene built with cardboard.

  • Drones Course: A 3,000 square-foot arena will showcase drones and hands-on demonstrations.

  • Swap-O-Rama-Rama - Upcycling and recycling clothing is what the Swap is all about. Attendees can make sew or no-sew projects using gently used clothing items, fabric, buttons, bows and more, then decorate to their heart’s content with silk screening techniques, bleach and tools.

  • Power Racing Series Demonstrations - All it takes to get into Power Racing is a kid’s ride-on toy, some tools and electronics know-how and lots of enthusiasm! See cars developed by Betty Brinn Children’s Museum, the Milwaukee Makerspace and other teams that compete in races around the country and learn how you can get in on the fun.

  • RC Car Racing - Some of the country’s top RC racers will be on the Milwaukee Mile for two full days of racing. Watch practices, preliminary and final races; and try RC racing at the Try-Me Track.

  • Nerdy Derby - Young makers can build, decorate and race wooden toy cars on two tracks, complete with timing systems and an adoring crowd.

  • Dozens of Hands-On Workshop Opportunities – Try everything from making old-fashioned letterpress posters, to jewelry making, to circuit-bending and programming a microcontroller.

  • Speakers’ Series - Join other makers and attendees for scheduled presentations by renowned makers and experts in many fields.

  • The Dark Arts Room - New to Maker Faire Milwaukee this year, the Dark Arts Room will feature electronics, art, video, other projects and performances that show best in low light. Highlights include:

  • AudioBody: A 45-minute, high-tech comedy show that will entertain attendees with an explosive mix of circus arts, comedy, full-body contortion, juggling, LED light shows, and upbeat music.

  • Artemis Spaceship Simulator: The kind of Star Trek game you always wanted. Gamers are welcome to take on the Helm, Weapons Control or serve as the Captain in this multiplayer, multicomputer networked game.

  • Fire-spinning demonstrations, a laser maze, Tesla demonstrations and more.

Speaker presentations at Maker Faire Milwaukee include:

· A TED Talk on DIY

· Learning by Doing: Making in the K – 12 Classroom

· Digital Fabrication and Craft: Connecting Craft with Community

· Wisconsin Makers at Burning Man

· Proving the World Once Again Needs Well-Crafted Objects

· Orthithoper: 1903 Wright Brothers Engine

· The Power Racing Series

· The Impact of FIRST as a Female in STEM

· Pluto, New Horizons/Pluto-Palooza

In addition to scheduled workshops and presentations, many makers will be hosting projects for attendees in their booths. Visit www.makerfairemilwaukee.com for information on all of our exhibitors, workshops, speakers and performances.

Maker Faire Milwaukee, which is co-hosted by the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum and Milwaukee Makerspace, in collaboration with MAKE Magazine and sponsored by Brady Corporation. The event is free and open to the public and will feature more than 170 makers – tech enthusiasts, crafters, artists, scientists, garage tinkerers and hobbyists – who will demonstrate, present, and offer hands-on instructional workshops and activities.


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