This article was originally posted in the Lansing State Journal by Edythe Hatter-Williams.

As a member of the Teach. Talent. Thrive. (T3) board, I’m passionate about positioning Greater Lansing as the exemplary STEAM – science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics – region in America.

According to a recesnt Microsoft Corp. report, STEAM jobs in the U.S. will grow 14 percent by 2020. The need for individuals trained in these careers is not slowing down anytime soon, and we need to do all we can to support this growing need.

The arts are a particularly important, but often overlooked, aspect of STEAM. The arts fuel creativity and spark innovation for individuals who are involved with these careers. Creativity is critical to solve some of the problems our world faces today, and it’s important for individuals to use their imagination and apply creativity in real-life situations. Cultivating creative thinking for employees and students can help generate innovative ideas, and more importantly, solutions.

With the ‘art’ aspect of STEAM such a critical part of our future in Mid-Michigan, it’s key for us to create opportunities to showcase what this process can do. That’s why I’m so excited about the upcoming Lansing Maker Faire on April 29 – April 30. Held at the Meridian Mall, the Lansing Maker Faire will celebrate STEAM here in Mid-Michigan.

The Maker Faire is often referred to the greatest show – and tell – on earth. Makers range from tech enthusiasts to craft-makers to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers. The Maker Faire is a venue for these “makers” to showcase hobbies, experiments and projects.

The first annual Lansing Mini Maker Faire will include:

Hack The Runway: Tech Meets Fashion Showcase: The design challenge will introduce Lansing Maker Faire attendees to talented local fashion designers using cutting edge technology in their designs to create wearable technology.

tinkrLAB Maker Kids Area: Kids will have the opportunity to make, tinker, create and design during the activities. Each participant will also walk away with their completed project to take home, including Toy Hacking, Learn to Solder and more.

Robotics Demonstrations: Join local robotics teams and learn about the First Robot League and VEX IQ robotics, in addition to learning how local teams compete.

Technoart Showcase: The Technoart Showcase will feature laser cut, etched and/or 3D printed art made by local artists.

Robot Prom: A fun after-hours event on Saturday evening, the participating teams will dress up their robots for a small donation. Attendees will receive a quick demonstration and then will take their bot for “spin around the dance floor”. All donations will go directly to the participating schools.

The best part? The Maker Faire is free to all attendees. To learn more about the Lansing Maker Faire, visit: http://lansing.makerfaire.com.

Visit www.camw.org to connect with the Capital Area Michigan Works! team for assistance with career exploration or information about educational opportunities in STEAM. Capital Area Michigan Works!, a proud partner of the American Job Center Network, offers services in Ingham, Clinton and Eaton counties at our Lansing, St. Johns and Charlotte American Job Centers.

Lansing Maker Faire | Laser Cut Bowling Set

Lansing Maker Faire | Laser Cut Art

TinkrLAB, SeeMeCNC, and APLazer are pleased to announce the “TechnoArt Showcase – Gallery of Possibilities”

 

A Laser and 3D Printing Art Exhibition at the first annual 2017 Lansing Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30 at the Meridian Mall in Okemos, Michigan.

This Showcase, which is meant purely as an exhibition and not a competition, is to raise awareness of 3D printing and laser cutting in the arts, to engage creative design thinking, and to educate the general public about cool technologies.

The talented artists entered in the Showcase are exploring the possibilities of 3D printing and laser cutting/engraving in their artwork.  They use materials that are can be printed or laser cut/etched, including stone, acrylic, wood, glass, metal, bone, leather, fabric, ceramic, pottery, and many others. Some of the artists really let their creativity run wild, and used two or more kinds of material, and even added cool technologies, like LED lights, electronics, and mini-computers.

This Showcase is open to all ages, with divisions for Elementary School, Junior High, High School, Post-High School, and Post-Post High School. Team efforts were also encouraged to enter.

For more information about the Showcase, go to www.TechnoArtShowcase.com, or contact Joe Rabideau: joe@TechnoArtShowcase.com and use “TechnoArt Showcase” in the subject line.

This post originally appeared on Capital City Comic Con

Hello C4 fans! My name is Chris Allen and I’m the event producer for the FIRST EVER Lansing Maker Faire. What is a Maker Faire, you ask? Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these “makers” to show hobbies, experiments, projects. Are cosplayers makers? If they make their own costumes, they are!

The Lansing Maker Faire (LMF) is trying to make a splash in the world of Maker Faires by focusing on topics that sometimes get left out – like fashion. Modern fashion designers are no stranger to technology and innovation, so this year’s event will include a “Hack the Runway” design challenge. The goal of this competition is to introduce LMF attendees to talented local designers who use cutting edge technology in their designs.

We would love to see some creative, wearable technology submissions C4 fans and cosplayers. The Grand Prize includes a six-month membership to The Runway (Lansing), start up funding, laser cutting services, and other in-kind services. Great deal, right? If you’ve always dreamed of professionalizing your creation process or starting your own cosplay or design empire – now is your chance to get started!

Qualifications for submissions:

  • Must be 16 years of age or older
  • Design must have some type of technology integrated into the piece (3D printing, LED lights, or other visible technology)
  • Designer must have a runway-wearable piece to present, but a retail-ready piece is not required for the showcase
  • Designer must be available on Saturday, April 29th and Sunday, April 30th for showcase and runway show during the LMF

If you’re interested in participating (and we hope you are!), you can find more information and apply online at lansing.makerfaire.com. If you think LMF sounds great but don’t fancy yourself a designer, there are opportunities to volunteer at the event – or just attend as a guest! Admission will be FREE, thanks in part to our generous sponsors Make:, TinkrLab, the Mini Maker Foundation, TechSmith, and Spartan Innovations.

What is Maker Faire?

Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these "makers" to show hobbies, experiments, projects.

We call it the Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth - a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness.

Glimpse the future and get inspired!

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Haslett Vex Robotics Team

Lansing, MI – For the first time ever, Lansing is joining the likes of Detroit, Grand Rapids, Cleveland, and Milwaukee as a midwestern host site for Maker Faire. Maker Faire is fondly referred to as the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. The inaugural Lansing Maker Faire is scheduled for April 29-30, 2017 and is expected to draw over 5,000 attendees.

Haslett Vex Robotics Team

Haslett Vex Robotics Team

Although Maker Faire is an international phenomenon with over 190 events across the globe, the Lansing Maker Faire is a grassroots effort supported by generous sponsors and a committee of volunteers. Community volunteers are crucial to the success of this exciting showcase of hobbies, experiments and projects. As such, the planning committee is seeking passionate event volunteers who are available to assist at the Lansing Maker Faire on April 29th or April 30th.

Volunteers will have the opportunity to assist with all elements of the event including the Hack the Runway Design Challenge, the Robot Prom, Maker exhibitions, hands-on activities, TechnoArt laser cutting and 3D printing showcase and set-up/clean-up. Volunteers can commit as little as two hours of their time or sign up to volunteer all day – scheduling is flexible. The only requirements for volunteers are that they: be 16 years of age or older; are able to stand, walk, and move light objects for extended periods of time; be excited about the Maker movement and awesome technology! Opportunities are also available to serve on the planning committee or assist with pre-event logistics.

Lansing Maker Faire will take place at the Meridian Mall in Okemos, MI on April 29th (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.) and April 30th (12 – 6 p.m.). The event will be free for both attendees and exhibitors thanks to generous sponsorships from Make: Magazine, tinkrLAB, the Mini Maker Foundation, AP Lazer, TechSmith, MSUFCU, LEAP, Spartan Innovations and SeeMeCNC. Learn more about Lansing Maker Faire, opportunities to volunteer, and ways that YOU can help make this event a huge success at LansingMakerFaire.com.

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Media Contacts:
Chris Allen, Event Producer
517-798-2898
Sara Gross, Volunteer Coordinator
517-292-0559

What is Maker Faire?

Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these "makers" to show hobbies, experiments, projects.

We call it the Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth - a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness.

Glimpse the future and get inspired!

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