Designers, Inventors, and Creators Celebrated at DIY Festival

Ever wonder what you could make with a 3D printer, how to build your own robot at home, or design your own game? Then we have just the event for you! The Rochester Mini Maker Faire._MG_9982

This Rochester Mini Maker Faire will be held at The Rochester Riverside Convention Center on Saturday, November 21st, from 9 a.m. through 5 p.m. The festival will celebrate those who love to make, create, learn, play, invent, craft, hack, build, think and be inspired by science, technology, engineering, arts, music, and crafts. The day will be filled with exciting exhibitions, demonstrations, and hands-on activities for all ages. Think of it as a giant show and tell mixed with a science fair, a craft fair, and a carnival all mashed together into one huge STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) event.

This year’s faire will host over 100 maker exhibits including:_MG_0072

  • A bridge made of hundreds of balloons that anyone can contribute to
  • CNC machines, 3D printers, and other leading-edge inventions and technologies
  • Movie costumes and props made by a 14 year old, and other young maker booths
  • Hands-on roboticsIMG_20141122_095123970
  • A Giant Seesaw that anyone can play on
  • Illuminated electric violins that create light shows as they are played
  • Board and computer games created by Rochesterians
  • Areas to build your own cardboard structures, take electonics apart, and create new covers for old books
  • Soldering workshop with an electronic badge that you can take home
  • Student projects from local schools and colleges
  • The crew behind the Making It Podcast
  • Something for everyone!

The full listing of makers that can be seen at this year’s faire can be found at:

The Rochester Mini Maker Faire celebrated its first event in November of 2014 with over 90 maker exhibits from across Western New York and 1,500 visitors of all ages in attendance. Photos from last year can be found on our Facebook page.

Tickets can be bought at the door, or online. Advance tickets can be purchased until the day of the Rochester Mini Maker Faire at a substantial discount from the at the door prices.

For more information on this weekend’s event, or to buy advance tickets, go to

To learn more about the Maker Movement in general, visit the Maker Faire Website. mini maker faire

Dan Schneiderman is an organizer, web developer, and maker. He is currently co-chair the Rochester Mini Maker Faire, a member of the Finger Lakes Regional STEM Hub, and is working on a few interactive light projects. Within the past year, he has helped schools with their Maker programs, volunteered at FIRST Robotics events, and hosted LED throwie experiences. He recently left his job to focus on expanding the maker movement within Rochester.

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