Weekend Pick: NoVa Mini Maker Faire

Mini Maker Faire 2015/Credit: Jennifer van der KleutSee how things fly, gears that go and inventions that are just plain cool as the NoVa Mini Maker Faire — a gathering of more than one hundred inventors, craftspeople, hackers and others who “make things” — returns to Reston Sunday.

The regionwide family-friendly event calls itself “the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth-a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker Movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning.”

The Mini Maker Faire runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Langston Hughes Middle School and South Lakes High School.

Makers will share their knowledge through hands-on projects for adults and
children on topics ranging from blacksmithing and primitive skills to 3D printing, drones and robots to creative reuse of recycled materials to creative art-making, say Mini Maker Faire organizers.

The event is organized by Nova Labs of Reston.

Makers will be grouped in neighborhoods by their topic. Neighborhoods include: Young Makers, Drone Zone, Robotics, 3D Printing, Science Lab, Fiber Alley, Sustainability Village, and more.

See the whole list of makers on the event’s website.

Advance tickets are available online now. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children through Saturday. New this year is a family ticket $40, which is good for a family of 5 and is available only in advance. Tickets at the door are $20 for adults and $8 for children.

NoVA Mini Maker Faire 2015/file photo by Jennifer van der Kleut

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