Maker Faire Coming to Silver Spring On September 20

For Immediate Release: 9/9/2015 Maker Faire Coming to Silver Spring On September 20 Montgomery County is again teaming up with KID (Kids International Discovery) Museum to host the Silver Spring Maker Faire on Sunday, September 20 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Silver Spring Civic Building, at the corner of Ellsworth Dr. and Fenton St. in downtown Silver Spring. Maker Faire Silver Spring inspires creativity and innovation in all ages and offers free, hands-on activities for young children to adults, while showcasing inventions made by children and professional makers. The “Toy 2.0 Challenge” at the faire will display 10 toy inventions by area youth. Last spring, finalists were selected based on creative design ideas for inspired toys. All summer, young makers met with adult inventors to help perfect their toy design and develop a working prototype. All 10 of the finalist toys will be on exhibit in the toy gallery at the faire and the public will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite toy invention. The winners will be announced on the main stage at 4 p.m. The faire will also showcase inventions by professional makers, such as health advancements from the NIH 3D print lab and eNable prosthetics, robots, 3D printers and the work of hobbyists who have created electronics, arts, engineering and science projects. Along with two stages of live musical entertainment, the faire will include: • Rideable giant sculpture that resembles a tricycle, by artist Howard Connelly; • Floating canoes made out of duct tape, cardboard and items found around the house; • Chaotic motion kinetic sculptures, fabric arts projects and other hands-on art; • Arduino quiz games, life-size board games made from circuit boards and other learn-to-code computer fun; • Quad-copters, rockets, rideable hover crafts and other flying machines; and • Robots everywhere! Sponsors include KID Museum; Montgomery County Government; Discovery Communications; Make Magazine; HESS Construction; HEXBUG, IFI and VEX Robotics; Catalytor; Maker Bot; Montgomery College; Tech Shop; Capital One; Kiddovate; ABC7/WJLA-TV; NewsChannel 8; WTOP; Activity Rocket; and The Washington Post. Maker Faire Silver Spring is free and open to the public. The event is accessible from the Silver Spring Metro Station, and free parking is available in the nearby Town Center and Wayne Avenue garages. For more information, visit # # # Release ID: 15-327 Media Contact: Elizabeth Gallauresi 301-439-5100]]>

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