Just over one week ago, we celebrated the first ever Greater Hartford Mini Maker Faire, which brought out over 1,500 attendees!
And although it was a rainy afternoon, 48 exhibitors and makers enthusiastically showed off their stuff (check out photos here)! Attendees were able to do their own creating at several interactive and hands-on activities, including 3D printing, rocket building, upcycling, building LEGO models, and more.
In many instances, it was the younger exhibitors teaching the adults a thing or two. High school students were demonstrating and explaining robotics, while college engineering students adapted mobile toys for kids with disabilities.
This year’s Greater HartfordMini Maker Faire was the first of its kind, and if this year’s attendees were any indication of the interest and passion for making, it will likely be the first of many faires.
The program was also sponsored by the Connecticut College of technology’s (COT) Regional Center for next generation Manufacturing (RCNGM) through funding from the National Science Foundation.
The Connecticut Business and Industry Association (CBIA) produced the event on behalf of the RCNGM.