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Call to Makers Extended for the Grand Rapids Maker Faire

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Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire announced today that the Call to Makers for the 3rd annual Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire has been an extended! Makers now have until Wednesday, August 10 to sign up to showcase what they have invented or are making. This year's Maker Faire will be August 20 & 21 held at the Grand Rapids Public Museum and nearby Grand Valley State University's John C. Kennedy Hall of Engineering.

Maker Faire is looking for participants who enjoy tinkering, hacking, building and designing new technology based inventions. Any groups or individuals interested in participating in the Maker Faire should complete the application at makerfairegr.com. Spots are first come, first serve basis with openings inside both the GRPM and GVSU as well as outside on the GRPM's lawn. This year's Maker Faire expects to see over 7,000 visitors throughout the two-day event.

Featuring both established and emerging local "makers," the Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire is a family-friendly celebration featuring tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, hobbyists, engineers, artists, students and commercial exhibitors. Visitors will see installations from local West Michigan inventors, innovators and tinkerer, as well as makers traveling greater distances to showcase.

The Faire will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 20 and from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, August 21. Tickets are available for purchase at makerfairegr.org with $2 off per ticket through Friday, August 12.

Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering. All of these "makers" come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned.

The Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire is being organized by the GR Makers, The Geek Group, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University and the Grand Rapids Public Museum.

The Grand Rapids 3rd annual Mini Maker Faire is sponsored by Tekton Tools, Cascade Engineering, Wood News Radio, WGVU Public Media, Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Connections Academy.

Follow the development of the Grand Rapids Maker Faire on Twitter @makerfaireGR, as well as on its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/makerfairegr.

Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire is independently organized and operated under license from Maker Media, Inc.

The Grand Rapids Public Museum is an invaluable, publicly-owned institution that is home to more than 250,000 unique artifacts that tell the history of Kent County and beyond, houses the only planetarium in the region, and is responsible for protecting the Norton Indian Mounds, a national historic landmark. The Grand Rapids Public Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, with its main location in downtown Grand Rapids, MI at 272 Pearl Street, NW. For additional information including hours of operation, admission fees and exhibit/event listings, visit www.grpm.org.


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