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The Big Muddy Mini Maker Faire

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Hands-on chemistry experiments, building your own birdhouse, or walking a hamster wheel to craft your own frozen beverage – without electricity.

The Big Muddy Mini Maker Faire is a place for makers to show off their projects and share what they have learned with the community. Makers are creative; they range from entrepreneurs, tinkerers, inventors, hobbyists, crafters, educators and homespun engineers.

It’s the Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth- right in Downtown St. Joseph. The faire is a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness.

Heartland Foundation continues to emphasize education and empowerment through their STEAM Camp program and with the Big Muddy Mini Maker Faire.

Heartland Foundation’s natural progression begins with education. STEAM and Maker Faire share a variety of elements that recognize education today isn’t quite the same as it was in the past. Now, education is interactive, interdisciplinary, engaging and effective in combination with applied learning. Local educators and community leaders recognized the importance of developing interest in supporting STEAM, the acronym for science, technology, engineering, arts and math. Team members wanted to further develop and explore three activities: The Regional Think Ahead Forum, Project Lead the Way and organizing the Big Muddy Mini Maker Faire.

There are 190 independently produced Mini Maker Faires and more than 30 larger-scale featured Maker Faires. The movement began in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2006 and quickly spread to Austin, Detroit and New York City. The flagship Faires in the Bay Area and New York City draw more than 200,000 people annually.

Closer to home, Kansas City offers one of the larger Maker Faires in the country each June. Other Midwest Mini Maker Faires are in Springfield, Missouri; Wichita, Kansas; Omaha, Nebraska; and Des Moines, Iowa.

For more information, please visit The Big Muddy Mini Maker Faire website.