Interactive experiences to include dozens of workshops, crafts and performances

More than 50 artists, inventors and creators have been selected to showcase their work and provide interactive experiences for the public at the fourth annual Chattanooga Mini Maker Faire.

This free event will take place Saturday, Oct. 20 at the downtown Chattanooga Public Library. Register to attend here. Attendees will get to experience highly interactive exhibits as well as the opportunity to participate in workshops, hands-on experiments and hobby presentations.

“The range of experiences we are able to offer at Maker Faire this year promise to make this event incredibly memorable to all who attend,” said Marcus Shaw, CEO of The Company Lab (CO.LAB). “From arts and science-oriented crafts such as edible flower making and electrical circuit tinkering to live performances and dozens of learning opportunities, this year’s Maker Faire has something for everyone with an interest in the DIY movement.”

Part science fair, part county fair and part something entirely new, the Chattanooga Mini Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students and commercial entities.

This year’s interactive experiences will include mold making, origami, arcade games, button making, electrical circuit tinkering, fabric collage crafting, edible chocolate flower making, canvas bag designing, scavenger hunting, popper and launcher building, soap making and more.

Other highlights include a dance performance from The Pop Up Project, a presentation on zines and live music. Commercial exhibitors will feature pottery, handmade clothing, plaster molds and ceramics, tea and conservation art, among many others. A full listing of Chattanooga Mini Maker Faire booths and interactive experiences is available here.

“The library plans to have maker activities around the whole building and not just on the fourth floor,” said Meredith Levine, Head of Youth Services for the Chattanooga Public Library. “Makers will be take over the plaza, our teen floor and our event space. People will get to explore the entire library and find incredible makers around every corner.”

About The Chattanooga Mini Maker Faire

The Chattanooga Mini Maker Faire originally launched in October 2014, closing out the first Startup Week Chattanooga. Chattanooga’s maker community has grown significantly just as the entrepreneurial community has grown over the past decade. Maker Faire originated in 2006 in the San Francisco Bay Area as a project of the editors of Make: magazine. It has since grown into a significant worldwide network of both flagship and independently produced events. Additional information available at chattanooga.makerfaire.com.

About Maker Faire by Maker Media

The original Maker Faire event was held in San Mateo, CA 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. The aim of Maker Faire is to entertain, inform, connect and grow the Maker community. Visit makerfaire.com to learn more.

About The Company Lab (CO.LAB)

The Company Lab (CO.LAB) is a nonprofit organization that supports entrepreneurial growth in southeast Tennessee. Established as the region’s front door for entrepreneurs, CO.LAB works to increase the capability and viability of startups and strengthen the ecosystem of support behind them. In doing so, the organization helps entrepreneurs refine their business models, test their ideas with customers, pursue capital and partnerships, and connect with a community of mentors, peers, and business experts. To learn more, visit colab.co.

About Chattanooga Public Library

The mission of the Chattanooga Public Library is to be the community’s catalyst for lifelong learning. For more information, visit chattlibrary.org.

 

 

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