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Chapel Hill seeks ideas for fall 2017 Maker Faire

Posted January 23

Photos courtesy Tony Rice

There could be a Maker Faire headed to the Triangle this fall.

The town of Chapel Hill is hosting a "Maker Convening" this Saturday to gather ideas and feedback about holding a Maker Faire this fall.

Maker Faires feature all kinds of hand-made items - from baked goods and blankets to robots and other tech creations. The family-friendly events, part of an international movement, draw all kinds of people - from crafters to tinkerers, science clubs, artists and more.

It's not a new idea to the Triangle where there's already a robust group of makers. A Maker Faire was held at the N.C. State Fairgrounds for several years. Burlington hosted a mini Maker Faire in April. Kidzu Children's Museum in Chapel Hill has The Makery where visitors of all ages are invited to create. Groups also have opened member-only makerspaces in Raleigh and Durham.

Saturday's meeting starts at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, at the UNC-Chapel Hill Kenan Science Library, G301 Venable Hall (ground floor), in Chapel Hill. The event is free and open to the public.

The Town of Chapel Hill, in collaboration with Orange County, the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership, Kidzu Children’s Museum, UNC Kenan Science Library and the Chapel Hill Public Library, is organizing the event, according to a press release.

The featured speaker will be Bennett Harris, founder of the STEAM Junction Makerspace in Burlington, N.C., and the Alamance Makers Guild. Harris will speak about the origins and success of the Burlington Maker Faire.

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