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2013 Atlanta Mini Maker Faire Welcomes Dale Dougherty As Special Guest

The 2013 Atlanta Mini Maker Faire returns to Atlanta Saturday, October 26, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The goal of the event is to bring together creators, innovators, tinkerers, hobbyists and amateur enthusiasts to learn, share, experiment and expand upon a great tradition of making in the South. This free, family-friendly day highlights Atlanta’s “Makers,” who range from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers. The DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Movement is here and Makers are responsible for the revolution.

This year’s Faire will host more than 125 Makers who will share their inventions, creations and ideas in a hands-on learning environment. Atlanta Mini Maker Faire will include speakers, workshops and exhibits on topics such as robotics, green tech, electric vehicles, vintage computing, textile arts, robot battles, home fabrication and much more.

As an exciting addition to this year’s Faire, the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation will host Dale Dougherty, Editor and Publisher of MAKE Magazine and General Manager of Maker Media, as the featured speaker and special guest. Mr. Dougherty will take part in a discussion about the Maker Movement following the Georgia premiere of a documentary film, IF YOU BUILD IT, Saturday morning at 10:30 am.

 Part of the mission of the Maker Faire is to educate the next generation of innovators by giving increased access to design tools and resources to kids. With renewed emphasis on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) learning in schools and after-school programs all over the country, the Maker Movement provides the perfect framework and support system for continued involvement in project-based, experimental learning.

One representative of Maker education at this year’s Faire is Community Guilds, a non-profit organization based in Decatur, Ga. that teaches 21st century skills the old-fashioned way. Community Guilds will present their newly-created STE(A)M Truck™,  Atlanta’s first  mobile makerspace to inspire youth to learn science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM). “We provide an opportunity for these students to walk outside their school and begin building, designing and tinkering using tools that promote STEAM by using technologies such as Arduinos, 3-D printers and laser cutters as well as arts and crafts not often found in today’s schools,” explains Jason Martin, founder and executive director of Community Guilds. For more information about the STE(A)M Truck™,  visit http://community-guilds.org.

Sponsored by Maker Media, Coca-Cola, Google, Turner Voices, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation and Mailchimp, the Atlanta Mini Maker Faire has grown immensely in its three years in Atlanta. Last year’s event saw 7,500 attendees and this year’s event is predicted to bring in more than 10,000 people from all over the Southeast. The community of Atlanta has come together to celebrate its Makers and inspire the next generation of DIY-ers.

 The event is made possible by Maker Media (makezine.com), non-profit partners and producers The Foundery (thefoundery.org), and event producers Kimberly Varney  (k.varney@thefoundery.org) and David Sluder (david.a.sluder@gmail.com). For more information about the Atlanta Mini Maker Faire and to get your free ticket of admission, visit the event website at http://makerfaireatl.com or contact atlminimakerfaire@gmail.com.

 About Maker Faire

Maker Faire is 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 original Maker Faire event was held in San Mateo, CA and in 2013 celebrated its eighth annual show with some 900 makers and 120,000 people in attendance. World Maker Faire New York, the other flagship event, has grown in three years to more than 500 makers and 55,000 attendees. Community-driven, independently organized Mini Maker Faires are now being produced around the U.S. and the world – including right here in Atlanta. For more information about Maker Faire, visit http://makerfaire.com/.

 About MAKE Magazine

MAKE is the first magazine devoted entirely to Do-It-Yourself (DIY) technology projects. MAKE unites, inspires, informs and entertains a growing community of resourceful people who undertake amazing projects in their backyards, basements and garages. MAKE celebrates your right to tweak, hack and bend any technology to your will. For more information about MAKE Magazine, visit http://makezine.com/.

 About The Foundery

The Foundery is organized to provide opportunity and resources to promote education and entrepreneurship in the areas of industrial arts, making, and manufacturing. Our mission is accomplished through creation and support of makerspaces, STEAM programming, and Maker events. Executive Director of The Foundery, Kimberly Varney, is also the event producer for the 2013 Atlanta Mini Maker Faire. For more information about The Foundery, visit http://thefoundery.org.