Maker Faire Kansas City This Weekend

Maker Faire Kansas City This Weekend

A big weekend of making is on tap for this weekend at Maker Faire Kansas City June 29-30. The fair will be held at Kansas City’s Union Station and is drawing makers from across the Midwest and beyond.

Ink Magazine published a great preview of the fair along with some excellent portraits of makers who will be showing their stuff this weekend.

Scenes from last year’s Maker Faire Kansas City.

“They say it’s like a county fair and a science fair mixed together,” said event products Luis Rodriguez in an interview with Ink.

More than 300 makers will be participating in the event covering a wide spectrum of making—roboticists, artists, crafters, electronics enthusiasts, DIYers of all kinds, and more.

Makers profiled by Ink include:

      • Jordie Smith. Jordie works at Built-to-Spec, a startup housed inside Hammerspace that makes enclosures for microcomputers. This year the Maker Faire Kansas City veteran will be showing off a 3D printed animatronic tail he controls with a sensor he wears on his hands.
      • Austin Feathers will be showing off his Tesla coil.
      • Artist  Jenna Tomlin will be manning Airship Noir, a steampunk vessel she and her steampunk comrades created.
Bob Spangler, member of the steampunk collective project Steamship Noir, will be at this weekend’s Maker Faire Kansas City. [Photo credit: David Eulitt/Ink]

Maker Faire stalwarts such as learn to solder, the Power Racing Series, and the Eepy Birds’ Coke Zero/Mentos show will be on hand for the two-day event, too. If you’re anywhere near Kansas City you should be there as well.

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Stett Holbrook is editor of the Bohemian, an alternative weekly in Santa Rosa, California. He is a former senior editor at Maker Media.

He is also the co-creator of Food Forward, a documentary TV series for PBS about the innovators and pioneers changing our food system.

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