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The Da Vinci Science Center is helping to introduce the maker movement to the Lehigh Valley region as a sponsor and exhibitor for the first Lehigh Valley Mini Maker Faire.
The maker movement is defined by grassroots communities of innovators who create their own materials, devices, and art. Makers produce these items frequently using recycled or repurposed materials, hardware, and software. The publication MAKE: magazine, founded in 2005, is credited with popularizing and leading the maker movement internationally. The maker movement also is referred to in some circles as the tinkering movement or hacking movement.
Described in part as a family-friendly festival of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness, maker faires have been held since 2006 in major metropolitan areas – including California’s Silicon Valley; New York, N.Y.; Rome, Italy; Tokyo, Japan; and Newcastle, United Kingdom.
The Lehigh Valley Mini Maker Faire will be held on Saturday, April 26, 2014, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., at SteelStacks in Bethlehem, Pa., The event will be presented by the Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship, Creativity, and Innovation at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., and will be free to the public. Other scheduled presenters will include woodworkers, engineers, musicians, beer makers, hobbyists, and quilters.
The Da Vinci Science Center has supported the region’s maker community through partnerships with the Make: Lehigh Valley organization since that organization’s inception in 2010.
“The Da Vinci Science Center’s support of the Lehigh Valley Mini Maker Faire and region’s maker movement epitomizes the essence of what we do and what we believe,” said David Smith, Ph.D., the Center’s Senior Director of Science and Strategic Initiatives. “The critical thinking skills, creativity, and collaborative spirit of the maker movement lie at the heart of scientific inquiry, and the availability of low-cost and open source technologies make it possible for people from all walks of life to develop great innovations that will shape our world in the very near future.”
Additional Lehigh Valley Mini Maker Faire sponsors include Alvin H. Butz, Inc.; ArtsQuest; Lehigh Valley PBS39; Lehigh Valley Tech; Make Lehigh Valley; Molex; PPL Corporation; and ROBLOX.