If You Build It, They Will Come—to the Mini Maker Faire

Anything can happen at the Mini Maker Faire. | Photo by Julian Kilker.

Anything can happen at the Mini Maker Faire. | Photo by Julian Kilker.

Attention all creative types: the age of the geek is upon us this weekend, and the Mini Maker Faire is offering a warm welcome.

Now in its third year, the Faire, a smaller version of the mass faires in New York and the Bay Area, is a gathering ground for creators, gadget-makers and innovators to connect and impress the onlookers. It’s the ultimate show with a little bit of tell.

“[It’s a place] to see and be seen,” says Yvonne Houy, one of the producers of the Faire. “Oftentimes, people create something in their garage, but they don’t necessarily have anybody to share it with and get feedback from. But Maker Faires, they provide that.”

Houy guarantees there’s something for everybody at this faire. If you get bored of watching 3-D printers dab out full-bodied objects, you can swing by the drone arena and envision yourself going all “Flight of the Valkyries” as you zip one around—or better yet, you can learn how to program one! Aspiring photographers can catch a lesson in light painting, and even see the homemade camera mods other experts have created. And if you’re into robots, well, get ready to say C3POh my gosh. All this in mind, we just ask you to arrive with a fully-charged phone battery because you don’t want to miss the art cars that’ll be on display.

Education also plays a huge role in the Faire. There will be speaker sessions addressing the effort to inspire maker movements in schools, and STEM and engineering activities will be available to kids and teens in attendance.

As whimsical as this faire sounds, it’s still an important day for the community. It’s a time to give credit where credit is due, and be proud of the rarity of people our city attracts.

“There is so much talent here. There is so much diversity here. And a lot of people don’t even know,” Houy says. “They think it’s a gambling town, it’s a strip town, but it’s a town full of this [vital] creativity, and I think we need to show it off—to ourselves and to the world.”

Mini Maker Faire at Henderson Convention Center

200 S. Water St. Feb. 28, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. makerfairevegas.com. Early bird tickets: $8 adult, $6 child (until Saturday), $10 at the door (adults), $8 (child). CCSD teachers get in free if they arrive Sunday before 1:30 p.m. panel. Other discounts may apply for museum workers, seniors or veterans. Check website to confirm.