Miami Mini Maker Faire: Where All Ages Come Out To Learn, Play

By Nancy Dahlberg
The Miami Herald.

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) This article takes a look at the rapidly expanding Miami Mini Maker Faire which showcases products and ideas by the DIY inspired maker community. The event has grown so much since 2013 that next year the Miami Mini Maker Faire might finally lose the word “Mini.” (As an aside, a recent study showed that the maker movement which promotes “learning through doing” could help bridge the gender gap in Stem fields.) WWR loves empowering women one project at a time!!!!!!

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Under a big white canopy at the center of the Miami Mini Maker Faire, kids drew animations frame by frame, which could be turned into their own movie. Another group of youngsters was learning about growing lettuce with aquaponics. At another set of tables, some were trying their hand at sewing, while others were contributing “wishes” for an art piece.

This Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science display was just one of many such canopies, each becoming magnets for makers of all ages at the Maker Faire, which opened Saturday and continues through Sunday. More than 3,000 tickets have been sold to the fair, which turned the YoungArts campus in Miami into a festival-like celebration of the “maker movement,” or the do-it-yourselfers among us in technology, industrial arts, science, arts and crafts, music and more.

“You’d be surprised how excited kids get about aquaponics — sometimes a little too excited, like trying to skip class to work on their projects,” said Marc Gauthier, a math-science coach at Holmes Elementary who also owns Fruit of Life Organics. He was demonstrating to a family how students at Holmes grow large healthy heads of lettuce in just 3 1/2 weeks, with fish and their environment providing the nutrients and water to grow the vegetables.

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