This weekend, Maker Faire Atlanta (Maker Faire Website) will take place in downtown Decatur from 10am to 5pm on October 3 and 12 noon to 5pm on October 4. This unique event started at Georgia Tech and has grown to be the largest free Maker Faire in the world. It includes makers from all across the Southeast, and Georgia Tech continues to be well represented at the Faire among the makers, volunteers, organizers, and sponsors.
At the Faire you can enjoy a wide range of STEAM activities suitable for kids and adults all weekend. The Faire includes robot battles, glassblowing, fiber arts, a live interview with Andy Weir (author of “The Martian”), First Person View (FPV) Drone Racing, 3-D printed prosthetic hands, trebuchet cornhole, Power Wheels racing, and a lot more. Sponsor booths from Google, Intel, Home Depot, and Maker Shed will have additional hands-on activities to engage you.
This year there is a free education conference (info here) at the Faire, where over two hundred educators will gather to learn about how design thinking and project based learning techniques can improve STEAM education in their local schools. The keynote address there is by Dr. Lindsay Levkoff Diamond, Director of Education for Spark Fun.
The Faire is FREE but attendees are encouraged to get a ticket (here) in order to qualify for give-aways and for the Faire to get a solid headcount (which helps sponsorship). You can also volunteer for the Faire by signing up here.