Downtown hosts Maker Faire


The Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire is a "family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness." Photo via

Robots, rockets and a racecar are just a few of the items that will be on display downtown this weekend during the Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire.

Nearly 100 inventors and innovators will be showing off their projects at the event, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

The Mini Maker Faire is being held at the Kennedy Hall of Engineering and Keller Engineering Labs on Grand Valley State University’s Pew campus in Grand Rapids and at the Grand Rapids Public Museum.

The event combines the traditional science fair with innovation and engineering.

The fair will feature DIY science and technology, urban farming and sustainability, alternative energy, local food and educational installations.

There will also be a racing vehicle built by GVSU students on the Formula SAE, or Society of Automotive Engineers, team.

Each year, the group competes at one of the world's largest collegiate autocross car competitions at the Michigan International Speedway.

This will be the third-annual Mini Maker Faire held in Grand Rapids.


People can purchase tickets at either location, which are good for all of the venues.

A single-day pass costs $8 for adults, $3 for children and $7 for seniors. A two-day pass costs $14 for adults, $5 for children and $12 for seniors.

GVSU students, faculty and staff members will receive free admission by presenting their ID cards at ticketing stations. 

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