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Buffalo Mini Maker Faire 2017

The Buffalo Museum of Science will be hosting another Buffalo Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, May 20, 2017. This annual event has become a staple in the museum’s event toolbox. That’s because the whole maker/DIY movement is so big right now. With so much information at our fingertips, the ability to make whatever we want is virtually limitless. Makers include tech enthusiasts, crafters, homesteaders, scientists, garage tinkerers, designers and builders. This particular event brings together local and national makers for a day of fun, excitement and DIY experimentation. This year, the event is bigger and better than ever, featuring a mix of makers that include:

  • Western New York Book Arts Center (WNYBAC): The Western New York Book Arts Center was created in 2008 as an educational nonprofit dedicated to printmaking and preserving the book arts in Buffalo. The WNYBAC storefront space in Downtown Buffalo is home to letterpress and screenprint studios, a gallery and retail shop and offers workshops for all ages and skill levels in book arts, including paper making, bookbinding, lino/etching/letterpress/screenprinting, hand lettering and more.
  • DIY BFLO: DIY BFLO is Buffalo’s green alternative to the big box culture. Through the sale of secondhand supplies, vintage and salvaged goods, as well as creative programming, DIY BFLO strives to encourage reuse, recycling and creativity to promote “eco-conscious making.” Located on Northampton Street, DIY BFLO shares warehouse space with Buffalo Reuse Action.
  • Zandra Beauty: Created by 16-year old entrepreneur Zandra Azaria Cunningham, Zandra Beauty is a natural beauty line, focused on providing a healthy alternative to commercial beauty products. Today, Zandra is an inspirational businesswoman, and her line-up of natural beauty products includes lip balms, scrubs, deodorant, hair and body wash and lotion.
  • Rusterior Designs: Rusterior Designs is the WNY-based clothing line responsible for the “wild-roamer” Buffalo t-shirts, sweatshirts and onesies popping up in Buffalonians social media newsfeeds. They are focused on functional fashion. Carrie Rinehart started her business 4 years ago selling “handmade with heart” cards, scarves and coasters. One afternoon she created a Buffalo silhouette on a tank top and the rest is history.
  • Battlebots with The Gow School: Students from The Gow School will be showing off two 120-pound robots that competed in Robogames 2017. Robogames is the “Olympics of Robots” and annually presents 50 events including combat robots, fire-fighters, LEGO bots, hockey bots, sumo bots and more.
  • Mount Mercy Academy: Students from Mount Mercy Academy will present a circuit board project created with iMovie in addition to a demonstration of the electric vehicle used in the Science Olympiad.
  • Crosswater Digital: Crosswater Digital is an award winning provider and manager of media content, serving local and global business with digital and traditional media. Crosswater will provide an immersive VR/360 experience for guests with their virtual reality glasses and headphones.
  • Community Music School: The Community Music School “Instrument Petting Zoo” provides an opportunity for guests of all ages and abilities to make music on woodwind, brass, string and percussion instruments. Faculty from Community Music School will present hands-on learning with each instrument. The Community Music School provides musical instruction to more than 600 people of all ages each year. Nearly one-third are from racially diverse communities, more than three-quarters are children, and more than one-third receive financial assistance through investments from various funding sources.

And that’s not all. Visitors to the Maker Faire can also expect to participate in numerous activities, while embracing the efforts of those in our community who are already making their marks on the DIY world. For example:

  • “Learn to Solder” workshop, where visitors will solder together materials and create their own light up badge. The cost for the soldering workshop is $7, includes all directions and materials.
  • Make a plastic straw bracelet for $3, using an iron, parchment paper and colorful plastic straws.
  • Runway with Designers shows will take place at 11am and 2pm. Fashion Lab NY and students from Erie 1 BOCES will be featured during the shows. Each show will be narrated by an emcee who will provide detailed information on each designer. Fashion Lab NY will present designs from children of all ages. The organization provides a laboratory to learn the skills to develop a career in fashion, or simply have fun expressing creative passions through sewing. Erie 1 BOCES will feature hand-designed and produced apparel from high school students who participate in the BOCES Fashion Design and Merchandising program. 
  • The Official RC Car Demolition Derby will take place throughout the day. The BATTERY Store will provide batteries to keep the RC Cars and Demo Derby moving throughout the day. 
  • Fine Art Miracles will assist with “Make a Box Bot,” a special activity in which guests make their own take-home, non-mobile Box Bot using hot glue guns, spray paint, boxes, buttons, caps, metal pieces and other upcycled materials. Guests are invited to create their own bot to feature in the Museum Box Bot City.
  • Pop Up Park Buffalo will be set up in Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, from 10am-3pm during the Mini Maker Faire. Pop Up Park Buffalo strives to provide enriching and empowering experiences for children through their pop up events. The Pop Up team brings wooden boards, nails, and cardboard and let children take the lead on making. Robots, animals, rocket ships, tables, chair and cars are all pieces that can be created with the materials presented by Pop Up Park. Showing children the beauty and power of math and science through play is a fantastic way to help them see their potential. 

The Buffalo Museum of Science proudly presents Buffalo Mini Maker Faire

Buffalo Museum of Science

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

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Maker Faire is included with Museum admission and free for Museum members. There is a materials fee for the Solder Badge and Plastic Straw Bracelet workshops. 

The Buffalo Museum of Science is open 7 days per week from 10am-4pm and admission is $11.00 for Adults ages 18-61, $9.00 for Seniors ages 62+, $9.00 for Military & Student, $8.00 for Children 2-17, free for Children Under 2 and free for Museum Members. The Buffalo Museum of Science is located at 1020 Humboldt Parkway, Buffalo, NY 14211 and for more information, call 716-896-5200 or visit

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