This is one of the original homes in the Frankfort/Mokena area, having been first settled in 1841. The area of the farm that the Mokena Mini Maker Faire is on gives us great exposure to the old farm buildings, plenty of space to spread out, and even enough room to house a trebuchet and some other fun things

This is one of the original homes in the Frankfort/Mokena area, having been first settled in 1841. The area of the farm that the Mokena Mini Maker Faire is on gives us great exposure to the old farm buildings, plenty of space to spread out, and even enough room to house a trebuchet and some other fun things

On September 13, Mokena Mini Maker Faire (MMMF) will open its doors for its year one extravaganza.

Featuring a drone obstacle course, a 10-foot-tall musical instrument, an augmented reality sandbox, steampunk accessories, a learn-to-solder class, DIY noisemakers (you can take them home!), an Arduino course, watercolor painting, handcrafted Etsy jewelry, 3D printing, and more, attendees will get a chance to sample a wide range of handcrafted exhibits by local makers.

Opening the Faire this year is Senator Michael Hastings, co-chair of the Illinois Senate Technology Caucus. Other highlights and exhibits include the following:

Four Makerspaces!

Local makers will be out in full force with makerspaces SpaceLabWorkshop 88Pumping Station: One, and River City Labs in attendance for year one of MMMF. With exhibits ranging from a MAME cabinet to custom-built noisemakers, attendees will have a lot to see from these groups!

Fox Valley Section American Society of Mechanical Engineers

One of our own local ASME chapters will be out to show off a custom handmade 3-D printer, based on a slab of cultured marble, named “Rockbot.” Custom-built printers are becoming more predominant, with new Kickstarter projects popping up every day pushing the boundaries of what these new machines can do. Come check out what could be the next step in 3-D printing!

Conducti

Conducti’s mission is to deliver engaging kits and programming for adults and kids in museums, libraries, maker spaces, and home school environments. Featuring borg bouquets and other conductive material crafts, Conducti’s exciting technological approach to crafting will be a delight for kids and adults alike. Stop on by their booth and make something!

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Tickets to come see these exhibits, and many more, can still be purchased at a discount at the Mokena Mini Maker Faire Eventbrite page.