Eighth Annual Maker Faire Westport
The lineup has been announced for the 8th annual Maker Faire Westport on Saturday, April 27. This year’s attractions include some favorites as well as some new activities for all ages. Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire Westport is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students and commercial exhibitors. All of these “makers” come to Maker Faire Westport to show what they have made and to share what they have learned. Maker Faire Westport is Connecticut’s largest single-day event. The organizers are planning on between 15,000 and 20,000 attendees. More than 100 Makers have signed up to participate at this year’s event. Some of the highlights include: • “Game of Drones” sponsored by Sacred Heart University Engineering features flight simulators, drone building and training workshops, drone programming, and more. • “The Future is Now” sponsored by David Adam Realty, will showcase home automation, electric vehicles and a live band. • “STEM on Wheels” sponsored by University of Bridgeport. Visit Connecticut's first mobile laboratory bus: the University of Bridgeport – Discovery Museum STEM on Wheels bus offers hands-on STEM experiences for K-12 classrooms. Robotics, coding, imaging systems and more! • “The Great Duck Project” sponsored by Westport Sunrise Rotary Club will let people see and participate in an attempt to build the world’s largest 3D printed duck. • The “Nerdy Derby” sponsored by Stanley Black & Decker engages people of all ages to build, decorate and race their custom car. The only rule: There are no rules! • The “Sustainable Pathways” attraction will provide people with hands on activities and exhibits where they can have fun learning and experiencing how to make sustainable living part of their everyday lives. In addition to these attractions, there will be artists, musicians, stage performers, speakers, school projects, crafters, entrepreneurs, large and small companies and a big dose of “wow” for all ages. This year’s Maker Faire Westport will be held in downtown Westport on Veterans’ Green and the Baldwin parking lot. The Faire runs from 10 am – 4 pm and is free to attend. The opening ceremonies will be held at 10:45 am. Free parking is available downtown as well as at Saugatuck Congregational Church, the Westport Country Playhouse, the Imperial Avenue commuter lot and in Lot 1 at the Westport train station. Free shuttle service provides both downtown and parking shuttles. Food trucks will be available on both Veterans’ Green and the Baldwin lot. For more information, go to the event web site at https://westport.makerfaire.com/ or contact Mark Mathias at firstname.lastname@example.org, 203-226-1791.