Thursday September 27, 2012
If you want to find Steve Seremeth of South Burlington on September 29th, look no further than Shelburne Farms. He’ll be there, likely flying a quadcopter—a helicopter with four propellers created using open source technology—and he won’t be alone. In fact, he’ll be surrounded by people who share his passion for creating objects that fulfill a need or solve a problem.
Seremeth is what is known as a Maker—a term that describes DIY-enthusiasts who share ideas and technology and use the tools they have available to explore the possibilities of what they can create. He and about 40 other Makers from South Burlington and across the state will show what they have made and share what they have learned at the Champlain Mini Maker Faire.
Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Vermont’s first Mini Maker Faire will be an all-ages gathering of Vermont tech-enthusiasts, tinkerers, engineers, science clubs, artists and commercial exhibitors. A Maker Faire gives the public the opportunity to interact with local makers and to make, craft, learn and be inspired while celebrating arts, engineering, science and technology.
Seremeth says he is only a small part of a broader cultural Maker movement that is taking place all over Vermont, the United States and beyond. “One day I was at a South Burlington park to fly my open-source-powered quadcopter, there was a group of people launching model rockets and a guy pulling himself on a three-wheeled cart with a kite,” Seremeth says. “There are definitely things happening here.”
The Champlain Mini Maker Faire will be held at Shelburne Farms on Saturday, September 29th from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. and will feature creations such as Rabid Raving Robots, Pumpkin Chuckin’ Pirates, Baffling Buoyant Balloons, Mystical Musical Madness and Quad-Copter Choreography. Keynote speaker Dean Kamen will also be flown in by helicopter.
For more information or to purchase discounted advance tickets, visit www.champlainmakerfaire.com. Kids under 12 are free.