OMSI 'Maker Faire' fun not dampened by drizzle
Although it drizzled on Saturday and poured on Sunday – September 7 and 8 – that didn't stop people from flocking to the "Mini Maker Faire", an annual event at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI).
Set up on the north OMSI parking lot, the Portland Mini Maker Faire's 100 exhibitors ran the gamut from low-tech – such as origami, knife forging, beekeeping, ice sculptures and blacksmithing – to high-tech, with demonstrations of a Tesla coil, 3D printing, and virtual reality.
"This is a celebration of do-it-yourself, learning, creating technology, and crafting," grinned OMSI Events Manager Melony Beaird.
"It didn't take long for our 'Maker Faire' to become a huge local event that embodies the true Portland spirit with its sheer variety of makers, from engineers to artists to scientists to crafters," Beaird told THE BEE.
"The passion these 'makers' have for their hobbies, avocations, and businesses is obvious; and, they love sharing their know-how with guests – encouraging and inspiring visitors to try new things," enthused Beaird.
Strolling over to an 800 gallon water tank set upon a 22-foot trailer, Beaird introduced us to a new feature this year – "Una the Mermaid" – who greeted us with a wave. "I've got to say, this is one of my favorite things this year," she confided.
"It's important for us to hold events like this, because this fair fosters OMSI's mission of science, technology, math and arts education math," explained Beaird. "Inspiring kids to get involved in science, especially through art projects, can be a way that makes technology feel more accessible to them."
And, for adults, the Portland Mini Maker Fair is "the perfect place to let your 'inner nerd' come out to play and learn, no matter what your age."
OMSI, as most know, is the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, on the east bank of the Willamette River, just north of the Ross Island Bridge and under the east end of the Marquam Bridge, on S.E. Water Street. See what's happening at OMSI now, by going online – www.omsi.edu
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