Mississippi Industrial Heritage Museum has partnered with MAKE Magazine to host the 4th Annual Meridian Mini Maker Faire, April 7-8, 2018. This event was the first Mini Maker Faire in Mississippi and offers a unique experience. Since it is held at Soule’ Steam Feed Works historic factory site, visitors can see the contrast between old equipment and techniques with new, cutting edge technology. Previous year’s mini maker faires were a great success and featured makers from around the region. Makers ranged from 3-D printing to sewing to letterpress printing. More than 27 makers shared what they were doing with an enthusiastic crowd of visitors aged 8 to 90. The Meridian Mini Maker Faire continues to attract a broad range of makers/demonstrators from a wide field of interests.

So what is “Maker Faire”? Maker Faire creates opportunities for conversations with Makers — tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and entrepreneurs all come together to show their projects and to talk about what they have learned. It is a community-based learning event that inspires everyone to become a maker, and connect with people and projects in their local community. Yet, Maker Faire is a “fair” — fun, engaging, and exciting.

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, CA and in 2015 celebrated its tenth annual show with some 1100+ makers and 145,000 people in attendance. World Maker Faire New York, the other flagship event, has grown in four years to 600+ makers and 80,000 attendees. Detroit, Kansas City, Atlanta, Milwaukee, Orlando, Pittsburgh, San Diego, Silver Spring, Ottawa, Lisbon, Paris, Rome, Berlin, Newcastle, Hannover, Oslo, Trondheim, Seoul, Singapore, Taipei, Tokyo, and Shenzhen are the home of larger-scale, “featured” Maker Faires. In addition, over 120 community-driven, independently organized Mini Maker Faires are now being produced around the United States and the world—including right here in Meridian.

Maker Faire is supported by Make: magazine and Maker Media.

ABOUT MAKE: MAGAZINE:
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Make: is the first magazine devoted entirely to Do-It-Yourself (DIY) technology projects.
Make: unites, inspires, informs, and entertains a growing community of resourceful people who undertake amazing projects in their backyards, basements, and garages.
Make: celebrates your right to tweak, hack, and bend any technology to your will.

BESIDES THE MAGAZINE AND THE FAIRE, MAKE:
AND MAKER MEDIA IS:

a vital online stream of news and projects, blog.makezine.com;
a retail outlet for kits and books, the Maker Shed;
a steady stream of fun and instruction via our YouTube channel;
Make: Projects, a library of projects with step-by-step instructions;
a publisher of best-in-category titles via Make: Books, including introductions to electronics, Raspberry Pi, 3D printing, Arduino and more.