Featuring both established and emerging local “makers,” the Rhode Island Mini Maker Faire – East Bay Edition is a family-friendly celebration featuring rockets and robots, DIY science and technology, urban farming and sustainability, advanced manufacturing companies, old-world-skills-meets-next-century-technology, alternative energy, bicycles, unique hand-made crafts, music and local food, and educational workshops and installations.
FabNewport (www.fabnewport.org ) and Tinker|Bristol (www.tinkerbristol.org ) – two local nonprofit organizations dedicated to furthering STEAM advocacy and programs, advanced manufacturing skills and techniques, and the art of making things with one’s hands - are the hosts for this event (with support from AS220 (www.as220.org)). We will be using the lower level and Gymnasium of the Florence Gray Center in Newport, RI. There are additional outdoor areas, plenty of parking in a central to Newport County & East Bay location. The RI Mini Maker Faire this August in Providence attracted around 3,000+ attendees; as a first-year event, we are anticipating 2,000-2,500 attendees. This event is ENTIRELY family oriented. We are not planning on loud amplified music, alcohol, or other nuisance-generating activities.
The Call for Makers, Manufacturers, Performers, STEAM Centered Organizations, Vendors, and Crafters is open now through October 2nd. For information on event sponsorship and donor opportunities, visit makerfaireri.com or contact:
Todd Thomas, President, Tinker|Bristol, Tinkerbristol@gmail.com
Steve Heath, Executive Director, FabNewport, firstname.lastname@example.org