Lehigh Valley Mini Maker Faire features innovation, creativity

Mini Maker Faire

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Innovation, creativity and hands-on activities were the focus of the first Lehigh Valley Mini Maker Faire at Steelstacks Saturday.

The free event went on for 8 hours. More then 65 vendors, performers and speakers participated.

Organizers described the event as part science fair, part country fair.

The faire was an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students and other exhibitors.

"Mini Maker Faires are a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the ‘Maker' movement," says Lehigh University Professor Marc de Vinck, former Make magazine Director of Product Development and a nationally-known voice in the Maker movement. "Bringing a Mini Maker Faire to the Lehigh Valley was an idea conceived by Lehigh University's Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation with the support of grassroots maker organizations and in partnership with community sponsors as a way to instill creativity into the community."

A sample of the many vendors who took part in the inaugural Lehigh Valley Mini Maker Faire included Kraemer Yarns, the Nazareth-based company that provided yarn for the U.S. Olympic Team's uniforms at the Winter Olympics in Sochi; Glenn Adams of Tech Life Designs, a company that specializes in additive manufacturing, or three dimensional printing; and Shehnaz Nilamdeen, who, after attending the World Maker Faire in New York City last year, has developed a series of do-it-yourself kits.

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