MEDIA ALERT: Nashville’s First Mini Maker Faire is This Saturday (09/21/13)

Tinkerers and tech enthusiasts to showcase DIY projects at free event at Adventure Science Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.



Jeff Krinks, Adventure Science Center

Office: (615) 401-5059


WHO:            Makers, inventors, hackers, crafters and more


WHAT:          Mini Maker Faire


WHEN:          Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (rain or shine)


WHERE:        Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville


COST:           FREE: All outdoor exhibits, all ages

                     FREE: First 1,000 children inside Adventure Science Center, sponsored by Regions Bank

                     $6: All other visitors inside Adventure Science Center




SUMMARY:    The free event is an all-ages gathering of local “makers”—tech enthusiasts, crafters, tinkerers, hobbyists and artisans—who will showcase their do-it-yourself (DIY) projects and innovations in an expansive outdoor exhibition. From a full-scale replica of the Millennium Falcon cockpit and hand-crafted musical instruments to robotics and 3D printing, the inaugural Nashville Mini Maker Faire brings together a cross-section of interests with the common theme of science and creativity.


All information subject to change without notice.



·         3D scanning & printing

·         Robotics

·         Millennium Falcon cockpit

·         DIY electronics

·         Hand crafted instruments

·         Modded Power Wheels

·         Full-size R2-D2 robot

·         Electric vehicles

·         Origami

·         Music in motion (inside Science Center)

·         CNC mill

·         Vacuum-forming

·         Natural soaps & candles

·         Recycled object artwork & jewelry

·         Gas turbine engine

·         Steampunk props & costumes

·         Nerf dart Gatling gun

·         Architectural model making

·         Ping Pong ball launcher

·         Mobile self-portrait gallery

·         Solar powered circuit boards

·         Silkscreening & printmaking

·         Circuit-bent toys

·         Paper mosaics

·         Radio transmitters & receivers

·         Animatronics

·         and much more...


PROGRAMS & WORKSHOPS: [Inside the Science Center; general admission applies]


·         Circuit bending

·         Converting to electric cars

·         Interactive art & music

·         Nerdy derby

·         Leather making

·         Molding & casting

·         Origami

·         Photography


LOGISTICS:  The main parking area will be the lower lot at Adventure Science Center. Overflow parking will be available along Fort Negley Blvd. as well as across from Greer Stadium (534 Chestnut St., Nashville). Shuttle buses will run continuously throughout the day to take visitors to the Science Center and back to the overflow parking area across from Greer Stadium. Both parking areas are free.


                     Guests with disabilities may be dropped off at the main entrance of the Science Center, and a limited number of parking spaces will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for cars with disability license plates or placards.


                     Food and drinks will be available for purchase on-site (inside and outside the Science Center). Portable restrooms will be available outside.


                     Rain plan: If 80% chance of rain is forecast on Saturday, the outdoor exhibits will be moved inside the Science Center. Visitors who wish to view the Mini Maker Faire exhibits will be allowed entrance to the Mini Maker Faire exhibit space(s) only. All other areas of the Science Center will be accessible only to visitors who receive a general admission ticket. If intermittent rain occurs during the event, the outdoor exhibits will continue as planned. This plan is subject to change without notice.


MORE INFO:  Event presented by Adventure Science Center, ArtsCubed and MakeNashville. Independently organized and operated under license from O’Reilly Media, Inc.


“Take one part science fair, one part county fair, and mix in a little of the unexpected and you get the Mini Maker Faire,” said Susan Duvenhage, president and CEO of Adventure Science Center. “This event is for anyone who has ever created something out-of-the-ordinary or has an interest in seeing human ingenuity in action.”


In a movement sweeping across the country, makers have brought more visibility to the DIY mindset that often takes place only in shops, garages and on kitchen tables. Mini Maker Faires enable these diverse projects and ideas to emerge into public view.


The Faire will include vendors, instructional workshops, panelists and performers from around the region. Some of the activities will take place inside Adventure Science Center and are included with general admission to the Center.


“Maker Faires are popping up in cities all across the world. We’re proud to be joining with MakeNashville and ArtsCubed to bring this family-friendly event to Nashville. This gives our community a chance to show off their work and inspire others to explore their own creative interests, which often use science and technology in innovative ways,” Duvenhage said.




Regions Bank

Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau

Curb Center for Art, Enterprise & Public Policy at Vanderbilt

Tennessee Arts Commission

Metro Arts






SparkFun Electronics


Lightning 100

Nashville Scene

AIA Tennessee

Famous Dave’s

Special thanks to Kathryn Barnett and Will Cheek


About Adventure Science Center

For more than 65 years, Adventure Science Center has brought science to life for students, teachers and families in Middle Tennessee, Southern Kentucky, Northern Alabama and beyond. The Center offers hands-on, interactive exhibits and engaging programs that encourage visitors of all ages to explore how science is relevant in their lives. Adventure Science Center encourages imagination and curiosity in a fun, dynamic learning environment. For more information, call (615) 862-5160 or visit


About MakeNashville

MakeNashville is a recently formed organization providing the myriad of local maker groups a common set of communication and event resources. It is also chartered with the task of coordinating an annual Mini Maker Faire as well as providing coordination support for individual maker events.


About ArtsCubed

ArtsCubed is a not-for-profit corporation with the mission to “Advance popular visual, performing and literary arts—along with related cultural experiences central to the lives of the community—through events, outreach, education and associated initiatives.” Since 1999, the group has produced the Middle TN Anime Convention, an annual celebration of Japanese animation and pop culture. In 2009, an additional convention was added: the Geek Media Expo. This event expanded the scope of their work to include the larger pop media and arts realm. In addition to reaching collective attendance of over 10,000 patrons to their 2102 events, the organization supports and assists the Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival, Atlanta’s JapanFest, and recently assumed control of the Nashville Zombie Walk, an annual gathering of costumed walkers which raised one ton of food in 2012 for the Second Harvest Food Bank. Other charitable beneficiaries have included The Red Cross, Locks of Love, Out of the Darkness, St. Jude, and various smaller local initiatives. Currently awaiting 501(c)(3) application approval, ArtsCubed aims to be the first federally recognized “geek arts” non-profit.


About Maker Faire

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


Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers. They are of all ages and backgrounds. The aim of Maker Faire is to entertain, inform, connect and grow this community.


The original Maker Faire event was held in San Mateo, Calif., and in 2012 celebrated its seventh annual show with some 800 makers and 110,000 people in attendance. World Maker Faire New York, the other flagship event, has grown in three years to 500+ makers and 55,000 attendees. Detroit, Kansas City, Newcastle (UK), and Tokyo are the home of “featured” Maker Faires (200+ makers), and community-driven, independently organized Mini Maker Faires are now being produced around the United States and the world.


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