Red Deer Maker Faire a daylong show-and-tell

Even grown-ups still have an affinity for show-and-tell.

Red Deer Maker Faire, happening Saturday at Red Deer College, is a chance for people to see what Central Albertans have been making, fixing and building.

There will be more than 50 makers interactive exhibits, performances and workshops — twice the amount from last year. Maker Faire producer Heidi Mayer said they range from wool spinners to high-tech makers (including 3D printing) and even an R2D2, from Star Wars.

Event producer Jason Bedard said the Maker Faire is meant to celebrate creativity and give people the opportunity to bring out projects that are often hidden away.

“Maker Faire is that opportunity for people to bring out their projects and show it off,” said Bedard. “The common tagline for the event, they happen worldwide, is the world’s best show-and-tell, which is a good descriptor. It’s not a competition, it’s not a science fair, it’s definitely not a trade show, it’s them sharing what they make with the public.”

The event includes a wearable technology fashion show and talks on topics ranging from building a school makerspace to teach curriculum and core competencies to self-driving cars.

“Kids can learn how to solder, build a race car and run it down a track,” said Bedard.

Bedard, who also produces the Calgary Maker Faire and helps produce Maker Faires in New York and the San Francisco Bay Area, said Red Deer and the surrounding area have taken to the Maker idea much faster that others.

This is the second year Red Deer College has hosted the event. Bedard said about 800 people attended last year and they hope to double it this year. They have double the number of makers showing off what they have accomplished.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday at Red Deer College, 100 College Blvd.

Though the event is free to attend, people are encouraged to register at www.makerfairerd.com to avoid waiting in line.

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