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Grand Rapids' first Mini Maker Faire fills all three floors of Public Museum

[PHOTOS, VIDEOS] The first Mini Maker Faire opened on Saturday and continues on Sunday, August 31, from 11-5 at the Grand Rapids Public Museum.

The Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire launched a successful first day, if measured by the long line to get in at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. Though the name may leave people thinking assuming it's a craft or art fair, the event draws more closely to the tinkerer and inventer, with plenty of robots, 3D printers and inventions like the Collabracam. The fair, which opened Saturday, is holding its second and last day today, Sunday, August 31, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults and $3 for children; Public Museum members get in free.

The fair was made possible thanks to the collaboration between local maker movement groups GR Makers and The Geek Group, brand strategists Genesis Inc., Grand Rapids Community College and the Grand Rapids Public Museum.

"Maker Faire combines the traditional science fair with innovation and engineering," explains their website, "capitalizing on the Maker movement for something entirely new."

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