It's here! Adventure Science Center has partnered with MakeNashville and ArtsCubed to host Nashville’s first-ever Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, Sept. 21, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.!
Join us in celebration of makers, hackers, tinkerers, inventors and dreamers. The event is like a big science fair or a community "show & tell" where people will demonstrate their do-it-yourself skills and showcase a wide variety of projects. Nashville Mini Maker Faire is a FREE outdoor event that people of all ages will enjoy.
Special thanks to Regions Bank for sponsoring a youth “Free Day” on Sept. 21, 2013, for the first 1,000 children (age 2-18) who enter inside the Adventure Science Center. For all other non-members, general admission is only $6 (no additional discounts apply).
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Mini Maker Faire Exhibits (outside except where noted, subject to change):
- 3D scanning & printing
- Millennium Falcon cockpit
- DIY electronics
- Hand crafted instruments
- Modded Power Wheels
- Full-size R2-D2 robot
- Electric vehicles
- Music in motion (inside Science Center)
- CNC mill
- 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
- and much more...
Programs & Workshops (occurring inside the Science Center and subject to general admission; subject to change)
- NashOrigami: Learn to use simple techniques to create paper sculptures that can be incorporated into other projects or used as stand-alone artwork.
- Seed Space: Learn about DIY art spaces in Nashville and throughout the country.
- Make Your Own Logo: Make your own personalized Letter Press style logo using rubber stamps.
- Ulamume Bellydance
- Live-Make Neighborhood: Learn about ‘Live-Make’ Neighborhoods: the next evolution of Mixed-Use Development.
- A Temptation of Fairies from Ollure: A class on making Fairy or Dragon Wings made of foam. Kids will be able to walk out wearing wings they made.
- Power Wheels Racing: Learn about the construction of super-modified children’s ride-on vehicles for adult use and racing.
- Turning Your Passion into a Business: Turn what you love into a social enterprise--a business that serves a mission or supports the community.
- Cathy’s Photos & More: Mosaic faces using paper and glue. Using an art board and acrylic paint, express yourself with unique sayings.
- Molding and Casting 101: Basic introduction will cover different molding and casting materials and techniques with demonstrations.
- Interactive Art and Music: How to use custom computer code, hacked game controllers, microcontrollers, and computer vision.
- Leather-working: Learn how to stamp, carve, and finish a small leather project. Decorate a leather key fob, bookmark, bracelet, hair barrette, or magic wallet.
- Converting to Electric Cars: Discussion of how to make or convert an electric vehicle.
- Body of Light and Music
- Circuit Bending and Handmade Electronic Instruments: Hacking electronic toys and other secondhand devices into sophisticated musical instruments.
- Mapping Archaeological Sites with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles & Weather Balloons: An unmanned aerial vehicle and a weather balloon were used in Peru resulting in a 3-D orthomap.
- Artiphon Musical Instruments: Demonstration of a multi-use musical instrument designed around an iPhone, utilizing heirloom-quality hardwood.
Adventure Science Center is located at 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville, just off Exit 81 (Wedgewood Ave.) from I-65. Click here for detailed directions and a map.
Parking & Accessibility
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 the parking lot 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: Rain has passed, and all outdoor exhibits are going on as planned!
For more information, visit MakerFaireNashville.com
With a growing presence across the country, Mini Maker Faires bring together families and individuals to celebrate the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset and showcase all kinds of incredible projects. At the Mini Maker Faire, you’ll find arts and crafts, science and engineering, food and music, and even fire and water. What makes the event special is the combination of fascinating projects and smart, creative people who enjoy learning and love sharing their unique talents.
In its simplest form, Mini Maker Faires create a show-and-tell venue for people of all ages that brings out the “kid” in all of us. It is a community-based learning event that inspires everyone to become hands-on and connect with people and DIY projects that aren’t encountered every day. We’ll be featuring all types of creative making—people who build things with their hands, people who deviate from the instructions, innovators, warranty-breakers, artists.
Special thanks to Kathryn Barnett and Will Cheek