Gizmos, gadgetry will be on display at Maker Faire NC

From Staff ReportsJune 1, 2014 

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Kevin Little works at the lathe in his Holly Springs garage workshop last June prior to the 2013 Maker Faire NC. Little makes fine writing instruments by hand. He also makes bottle openers and keychains using wood and a variety of other materials. “You’re sharing your passion and your craftsmanship,” he said of the event.

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Natural-born tinkerers may want to attend Maker Faire NC, held June 7 in the Exposition Center at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. The annual event – part of a national network of similar gatherings – celebrates the projects and pastimes of do-it-yourselfers who create things of all stripes, from high-tech (software, robots, DNA extraction, etc.) to low (new uses for old jewelry and clothing).

More than 300 makers, sponsors and crafters, including Hackerspace Charlotte, the Alamance Makers Guild, Greensboro Hackerspace and Raleigh Makerspace, are expected to show their stuff. N.C. State is a co-sponsor of Maker Faire NC.

Groups associated with N.C. State that will display tech projects include Hunt Library Makerspace, Entrepreneurship Initiative, Open Hardware Makerspace and Electrical and Computer Engineering; projects range from interactive electromechanical games to LED-guided piano lessons.

Hands-on experiences include the popular learn-to-solder workshop, robot hockey and a weaving workshop by the Durham String Thing.

Maker Faire NC will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission: $10; $5 for ages 4-12.

Online tickets and details: www.makerfairenc.com.

Information on Maker Faire events and programs elsewhere: www.makerfaire.com.

Staff reports

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