Hello everyone,

Maker Faire Wayne County happened on a hot and beautifully sunny day on Saturday, May 21st.  The University of Akron Wayne College’s Student Life Building and grounds were full of inventive makers and curious faire goers, making for a packed and exciting event.  Faire goers were greeted to carnival music from Rob Gregory’s calliope, while Zydeco Bistro and Ye Old School Bus offered meals and ice cream to hungry patrons.


This year faire hosted almost 50 “makers” of all ages, those who are creative, inventive, and passionate about their hobby and excited to share what they do.  Maker Faire is all about hand-on activities and there was plenty of that, especially for kids!  They doodled with 3D printing “pens” at the 3D Printer Lending Library booth, got their faces painted, and balloon animals made.  Kids learned how to play pinball (some for the first time), controlled a mini “battle bot” at the CHAMP Makerspace booth, and made flashing LED badges at the Learn to Solder booth.


Maker Faire Wayne County is great for adults, too!  Many faire goers were amazed at Elliott’s muon particle detector, Ben’s amazing metal and wood products made by his home built CNC machines, woodburning & carving was demonstrated by the Wilderness Center Woodcarvers’ group, and so much more.


Maker Faire Wayne County is perfect for showing school projects, too.  We were honored that Wooster High School, Orrville Rittman Southeast Schools, Smithville High School, Triway High School, and Norwayne High School brought students and STEAM projects to maker faire where they received plenty of interest and questions!


To see all of the makers who attended this year’s Maker Faire Wayne County, please click here.


We are thankful for everyone who participated in Maker Faire, especially the many volunteers who made the event such an enjoyable success.  We couldn’t have done it without you!


We’ll keep you posted when the next Maker Faire Wayne County will be offered, so be on the lookout for the next event date.  Until then, get involved with area maker spaces this summer, such as Schantz Makerspace, Apple Creek Historical Society Makerspace, and Canton’s CHAMP Makerspace.

Keep making!