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Maker Faire Milwaukee – the “Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth” – features robots, race

The Betty Brinn Children’s Museum and Milwaukee Makerspace, co-hosts of Maker Faire®Milwaukee, are gearing up for their 4th annual event at Wisconsin State Fair Park.More than 200 exhibitors are expected to display projects and share their skills and interests with Faire-goers at the the nation’s largest free Maker Faire on Sept. 23 and 24 at Wisconsin State Fair Park.This free event is open to the public on Saturday, Sept. 23 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sunday, Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth — a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness, and celebration of the Maker Movement. It’s a place where people of all ages and backgrounds gather together to show what they are making and share what they are learning.

Maker Faire celebrated 191 Faires in 2016 in 38 countries, reaching 1.45 million people around the world. The 12th annual Maker Faire Bay Area, completed in May 2017, welcomed some 1,200 Makers and 125,000 attendees.

Maker Faires are part of the growing, global Maker Movement that is harnessing technology and other resources to change how we will live, work and learn in the future. Faires serve as community hubs for information and dialogue about how making is influencing education, manufacturing, workforce training and economic development, and connect and entertain thousands of attendees who want to share their interests, learn, and create.Visitors to Maker Faire Milwaukee can look forward to seeing the following special attractions and events:

Guinness World Record Attempt

Dalek Asylum Milwaukee will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of Daleks, a robot-type creature made popular by “Dr. Who”. The current record of 95 was set in 2008 by the National Space Centre in Leicester, United Kingdom. Maker Faire Milwaukee producers, Dalek Asylum Milwaukee and many volunteers have organized a Dalek Dream Team for the attempt, which will follow specific Guinness World Records guidelines. Faire visitors are encouraged to participate. On Sept. 23, a pop-up Dalek costume shop, with everything needed to make a qualifying entry, will be open at the Faire from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and a costume contest follows at 1 p.m. Registration for World Record participants begins at 1:30 p.m. and the World Record attempt will be documented at 2 p.m. To register for the World Record attempt, email Faire producers at

The Power Racing Series, with a special guest appearance by the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile

Returning to Maker Faire Milwaukee, and bigger than ever, the 2017 Power Racing Series event will host more than 18 entries from around the state and region, including the Wienermobile, a miniature racer built by a team from the Milwaukee Makerspace. The Wienermobile won races at Maker Faire® Kansas City, attracting the attention of the real Oscar Mayer Wienermobile, which plans to visit the Faire to cheer on its namesake entry during the Power Wheels endurance race on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Camera Obscura

Attendees can step inside the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum’s Camera Obscura, a project supported in part by the City of Milwaukee Arts Board with additional support from the Wisconsin Arts Board, to develop modern-day tintype photos in less than 10 minutes. Demonstrations will take place on Sept. 23 and 24 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3-5 p.m.

Tesla Coil and High Voltage

The Tesla Coil and High Voltage will conduct a series of demonstrations with experimental, high voltage devices on Sept. 23 at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., and on Sept. 24 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Coin Shrinker demonstrations will be held on Sept. 23 at 11:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. and on Sept. 24 at 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Nightcloud Laser & Lighting

Nightcloud Laser & Lighting shows, featuring specialty optics and laser technologies, will be presented on Sept. 23 at 4 p.m. and Sept. 24 at 2 p.m.

IMADE3D – Home of the JellyBOX 3D Printer

IMADE3D will provide demonstrations on how to make your own 3D printer and how to best use them to create high quality prints in just one day on Sept. 23 at 4:30 p.m. and Sept. 24 at 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.

Close Encounters of the Chemical Kind Science Show

Families can enjoy a fun science show on Sept. 23 at 11 a.m.and 2 p.m.

To Err is Divine

Learning to Learn and the Freedom to Fail: Special guest speaker Chad Lawson will discuss the three keys to embracing the Maker lifestyle on Sept. 24 at 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Taste of Home

Join Taste of Home for their Make it Sweet with Taste of Home crafts, cooking activities and demonstrations on Sept. 24 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Notre Dame Robotic Football

Robotic Football, a unique club where students test their engineering skills by designing, building, and programming robots to compete in games against other colleges, will host demonstrations on Sept. 24 at 1:30 p.m.

The Nerdy Derby

The Nerdy Derby, sponsored by Kohls, is a hands-on building activity where guests can assemble and personalize small wooden cars, decorate them with unique materials and then race them down one of Maker Faire Milwaukee’s mini racing tracks. A small fee applies for materials.

Rock’em Sock’em Robots®, presented by Mod Truss

Weighing in at 300 pounds each, red and blue Rock’em Sock’em Robots® will welcome visitors to try their hand at a round of the game that’s just like the original – but bigger!

Young Makers Exhibits

More than a dozen high school FIRST Robotics teams will compete on Sept. 23 and provide demonstrations with their robots on Sept. 24. Other young makers – elementary, middle and high school students – will be exhibiting their projects, including a Formula One car, underwater drones, Raspberry Pi applications, electric circuitry, skateboards, a tiny house and more.

Be A Maker: Craft Lab

The Craft Lab is an open making space for makers of all ages with make-and-take activities as well as collaborative projects. A $5 workshop fee applies.

Be A Maker: Rocketeer

Visitors are invited to make a prototype foam rocket and test them on a DIY pump launch pad. A $2 materials fee applies.


Swap-O-Rama-Rama is a do-it-yourself workshop area with sewing equipment and supplies for creative reuse of clothing and other materials. A $5 per person daily workshop fee provides unlimited access.


Guests are invited to participate in a traveling soldering workshop. Soldering materials and tools will be provided along with facilitated workshops from booth educators.

4H Milwaukee County

4H will offer dozens of hands-on, educational programs and workshops.

Who Needs Corn Maze

The Who Needs Corn Maze is a design and build challenge for young makers, using cardboard, basic connection methods and simple tools.

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