October 12, 2013
Creativity was running wild during the first ever Mini Maker Faire in Charlottesville. Plenty of people came out to Monticello High School to enjoy the different creations and inventions.
There were booths with 3D printers, fashion designs and robotics, including the robotics teams from Monticello and Western Albemarle High Schools.
Over 60 booths filled the gym at MHS all with inventors and makers showing off some of their creations.
“I'm trying to get more girls into computer science and technology because there are not enough of them right now,” says Kim Wilkens, founder of Tech Girls. “This is one of the tools I use it's called a ‘Makey Makey’ and it takes over the keyboard input and it shows girls what goes on inside a computer.”
“For the maker faire I thought it would be fun for people to get their hands on it,” says Jo Perez, from Dark Hollows Stained Glass. “So anyone who likes to play with color or shape can come and play with the little glass I have and make their own quilt square.”
“It's a festival celebrating creativity, resourcefulness, inventions,” says Steve Hunter, chief organizer of the maker faire. “We have people from all types of arts and crafts people, tech people, it's a wonderful event.”
Hunter's wife is also a maker and used items from her home to create her art.
“Sometimes art can be intimidating,” says Kate Hunter. “People can think that looks good because and artists did it, but I want people to realize that you don't need fancy materials, there's not even a wire armature in this, it's just a bunch of thrown out string and Kroger bags, and that's it.”
Organizers of the maker faire also say that more and more people are creating things at home instead of buying; ushering in a new industrial revolution.