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Kick-off Event for Mini-Maker Faire

Kick-off Event for Mini-Maker Faire

On Saturday, October 13, 2012, Discovery Science Place in conjunction with Make Magazine  is hosting a kick-off event for the first ever Mini-Maker Faire in Northeast Texas.

From 1 pm to 5 pm, the movement and the people in it will be showcased at Discovery Science Place located at 308 N. Broadway, in Tyler, Texas.
Maker Faire is a family friendly event celebrating technology, education, science, arts, crafts, engineering, food, sustainability and more. A MAKE production, Maker Faires have become part of pop-culture—a place for experiential marketing, debuting new technologies and inventions, and celebrating geekdom.

Discovery Science Place was selected as one of 60 planned Mini-Maker Faires in the United States. Other Mini-Maker Faires attract between 500 to 10,000 attendees.

Discovery Science Place joined the Make movement because of its’ intersection with the DSP mission of igniting curiosity in young minds through hands on exploration and current understanding of how science, technology, math and engineering are best learned—in an experiential way where people come up with ideas and then tinker with them until they end up with a satisfactory result.
“Creating a culture of interest, exploration and understanding in the fields of math, science and even art, are critical to improving the frightening statistics concerning math and science competency of current students” says Discovery Science Place CEO Phil Lindsey. “When you look at the Science Readiness index and the most recent ACT studies, it is evident that we have to do something differently than we have, and it must be effective. We believe the MAKE movement is one tool we can use.”

The kick-off event is designed to acquaint east Texans with the movement. “It’s difficult to explain what it is without seeing it,” says Micheal Lavender, Discovery Science Place board member. “I went to the Detroit Maker Faire this summer and was blown away by the variety of things that fall under the term “Maker”. There was a life-sized recreation of the Mousetrap game, a 14-year-old girl rebuilding a Pontiac Fierro, and there were students who made a robot out of materials you just find around. It was incredible!”

The kick-off event will feature four or five Makers from east Texas and also from the Dallas area just to give people an opportunity to see what they can expect when the Northeast Texas Mini-Maker Faire debuts on March 23, 2013. The actual Mini-Maker Faire will include more than 20 Makers from around the state and a variety of exhibits. Monthly workshops leading up to the Mini-Maker Faire will be held at Discovery Science Place for those who want to learn more about it and for people who want to work on long-term projects that can be displayed.

For more information about the Northeast Texas Mini-Maker Faire call Discovery Science Place at 903.533.8011 or visit the website at


  1. Is the mini maker project scheduled at a regular time each month? If so, please let me know when.

    • Sorry for the delay in responding. No, our project is not scheduled for a regular time, but I would be more than happy to add you to our contact list and notify you of upcoming events.

  2. Andre R. Williams

    Please send me information to pass on to some of my students. My address is 331 S. College Ave Tyler, Tx 75702

    • Mr. Williams-
      We are currently working on information to send to students, I will be more than happy to send that to you when we have that available.
      Thank You-

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