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Reminder: SolarFest is July 18-20

The SolarFest Mini Maker Faire® will bring together do-it-yourself enthusiasts to showcase creativity and innovation

SolarFest Web LogoTINMOUTH, VT – SolarFest, a three day music festival and sustainability conference, will be hosting the second annual SolarFest Mini Maker Faire® during its 20th anniversary festival.

Along with SolarFest’s highly regarded three-day sustainability conference and music festival programming, this year sees the return of the SolarFest Mini Maker Faire®.  On Saturday July 19th and Sunday July 20th the SolarFest Mini Maker Faire® will bring together regional Do-It-Yourself enthusiasts to learn from and be inspired by the creativity and innovation of Makers. At the SolarFest Mini Maker Faire® you’ll find all sorts of interesting projects, technologies, ideas, innovations and smart, creative people actively creating a maker culture and displaying their creations in a show-and-tell format.

The SolarFest Mini Maker Faire® is an interactive, hands-on community based learning experience that brings out the Maker in everyone and inspires people to connect to people and projects in their local community.  Makers will be available to display and explain their creations. Come and talk with the Makers, learn about their creations and find your inspiration to create something.

“The Maker Movement and the Sustainability Community have so much in common”, says Doug Webster, President of CMF Inc, the producers of the Champlain Mini Maker Faire, who are collaborating with SolarFest to produce the SolarFest Mini Maker Faire. “The Maker Movement is full of people interested in doing things themselves and repurposing old objects to create something new, and the sustainability community are the ultimate do-it-yourselfers, they make their own electricity from sunlight!”

Some of the many highlights of the 2014 SolarFest Mini Maker Faire® include:

3D Printing Cows From Waste Ben & Jerry’s Spoons.
Creative Solar Lighting and Light Up Art Projects
A Unique Rigid Foam Cutter
Solar Energy Demonstrations
Electric Vehicle Demonstrations
Fuel Cell Demonstrations
Learn to Solder and Build Your Own Flashlight
Open Source Hardware and Software Projects
Build Your Own Solar Oven and Then Use It To Make S’mores!
Circuit Bending – Showcasing Repurposed Discarded Electronic Toys to Make Noise Machines
Pedal Power Machines – Generate Electricity While You Exercise.
Make Your Own Luminary
3d Printer Showcase
Yourduino – A Vermont Based company which makes and sells an Arduino Compatible Platform.  YourDuino is about learning how to make things with Arduino… especially interesting high-tech inventions like Robots, Automation Systems, Weather Stations, etc.

Maker Workshops include an introduction to Arduino. In this workshop you will learn the fundamentals of “Making” using the Arduino micro-controller development board, including an introduction to programming, electronics, and putting it all together with simple examples.

Other workshops happening during the 20th anniversary SolarFest of interest to the Maker Community include:

Hands On Build Of An Electric Motorcycle
Build Solar Race Cars
Make a Sundial
Construct a Scale Model Solar System
Tiny House Building
Moving Water with Water – Building your own Hydraulic Ram Pumps
Solar Car Building and Race
Art Build for the Climate Movement
Build an Electric Motorcycle
Earth-Wise Owls – Made from Recycled Materials
Retrofitting Vehicles and Electric Generators To Use Cooking Oil As Fuel
Make Your Own Sundial
Make Your Own Mead

What will inspire you at the second SolarFest Mini Maker Faire®?  The SolarFest Mini Maker Faire® is independently organized and operated under license from Maker Media, Inc.

About SolarFest:

Celebrating its 20th year, SolarFest is the Northeast’s longest running solar powered music festival and sustainability conference. 20 years ago, the idea was simply to demonstrate the power of the sun by harnessing its energy to deliver a first class music festival. Over time we have grown our educational offerings, while remaining true to our roots. We now offer programming for all ages, including hands on and in depth educational opportunities, music, theater, art, and an experience that empowers and inspires people to make positive change in their own lives, and in their communities. SolarFest’s mission is to connect people, the arts, ideas and technology, fostering partnerships for a vibrant present and a sustainable future. Join us for a day or the entire weekend, July 18-20, 2014 at Forget-Me-Not Farm in Tinmouth, Vermont. More info at SolarFest.org.

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