Last Saturday was the first ever Mini Maker Faire for Nashville, TN and by all accounts it was very successful. I had the pleasure of attending & exhibiting at the Faire and must say that I was very proud to be part of this event.
The Faire was hosted at the Adventure Science Center (ASC) on a hill just off I-65 that looks upon the city. The weather was perfect (despite a little morning rain) and the people of Nashville showed up to support the Faire. Most of the exhibits were located outside the ASC in their parking lot. There were also exhibits, workshops, and presentations that took place within the ASC.
There was no cost for admittance to the Faire. However, to enter the ASC there was a small fee which was waived for the first 1000 kids thanks to Regions Bank. ASC staff reported that 2400 people entered the ASC during the Faire and I think its easy to say there were at least 3000 in attendance.
Exhibitors from all over Tennessee, the surrounding states, and one exhibitor from as far away as M.I.T showed up. There’s no doubt that kids loved learning to silkscreen, vacuum form their own mask, build a Sonic Screwdriver, play with robots, and much more. For the adults there was also plenty to love – electric vehicles, music installations, electronics, and even an opportunity to sit down at an outdoor movable furniture exhibit.
Tony Youngblood made this awesome video that shows all the outdoor exhibits in two minutes.
I was most impressed by some of the incredibly (almost scary) smart kids I met at the Faire. A 12 year old “almost” put me in my place during a
argument discussion about what’s better – a RasPi or a microcontroller! I’ll be posting some more articles in the following days about some of the exhibits and people I’d like to highlight.
[Disclosure – as a member of Make Nashville leadership, I was one of the coordinators of this event]