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IOWA Innovation learning Center – May 2, 2015, Cedar Rapids Mini Maker Faire

The Iowa Innovation Learning Center, formerly known as the Cedar Rapids Science Center, will celebrate its 4th annual Cedar Rapids Mini Maker Faire, May 2, 2015 from 10AM to 4PM at its new location at 705 N. Center Point Rd. in Hiawatha.

The Cedar Rapids Mini Maker Faire is a family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness that showcases the work of makers. A maker happens to be anyone who embraces the Do-It-Yourself (or Do-It-Together) spirit and wants to share their accomplishments with an appreciative audience.  08-RobotDrummerRef-300x226There will be a wide selection of maker exhibitors ranging from ham radio enthusiasts, metal smiths, wood workers, robotic and video game designers to lace makers and fused glass artist.



“We also have a phenomenal selection of guest speakers lined up to share their creative endeavors ranging from a Hollywood major movie props maker, a flute maker, a women and saws workshop, an aerospace design centric video game developer to an intellectual property lawyer. Frances Lebeda Guest speakerOur guests speakers nicely compliment the wide cross section of makers that will be exhibiting at our Mini Maker Faire”, says Monica Challenger, Executive Director of the Iowa Innovation Learning Center.


“This will be a great opportunity to learn about our makerspace, see makers in action and chat with exhibitors. You will also have a chance to learn about our summer camp for students and maker classes for youth and adults.”

There will also be food available for purchase from Greyhound Café and cupcakes from That One Cupcake.

Last year’s mini Maker Faire boasted 1,100 visitors with over 30 indoor and outdoor exhibitors. This event is FREE and open to the public and appropriate for all ages.

The Iowa Innovation Learning Center, previously known as the Cedar Rapids Science Center, in an effort to serve even more Eastern Iowans, has enhanced its STEM based curriculum (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) to become STEAM driven (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math). “With the inclusion of Art, our mission will provide engaging, relevant and hands-on “STEAM” based educational opportunities to the public.” says Monica Challenger. While maintaining core STEM components, STEAM based education reinforces critical analysis skills, improves problem solving skills, practices higher order thinking, and inspires creativity and innovation.

At its new location, 705 N. Center Point Road in Hiawatha, the Iowa Innovation Learning Center plans to serve thousands of people per year through its makerspace, workshops, camps and outreach opportunities.


DSC_0198It’s time to get ready for the 4th annual Cedar Rapids Mini Maker Faire, May 2, 2015, at the Science Center’s new location, 705 North Center Point Road, Hiawatha. Last year we had over 1,100 visitors with 50 indoor and outdoor exhibitors.

DSC_0400Maker Faire showcases the amazing work of all kinds and ages of makers—anyone who is embracing the do-it-yourself (or do-it-together) spirit and wants to share their accomplishments with an appreciative audience.

What are the characteristics we are looking for as Makers?

A do-it-yourself project that is unique, inspiring, engaging, and interactive with observers. It tells a story. It might be a piece of art… or a tool or project that does something different.   It should be something that hasn’t been seen before, or at least by few people.


Maker Faire events across the United States celebrate a DIY/homegrown invention movement. Whether it’s a home-built robot, a video game, a miniature race car, a novel or hand-made musical instrument, art, a sustainable micro garden or wearable electronics, Maker Faire showcases all that is creative and innovative in our community.


We need you and your creative, innovative projects to be a part of this exciting event!

Wondering whether or not you’re a Maker? If you have to ask, the answer is probably yes! We need you and your creative, innovative projects to be a part of this exciting event!

How do I Apply? How much does it cost? Can I sell my work?

Application is easy and it’s free to be an exhibitor and only $35 to sell your creations. Apply here!

Check out this blog post by Mark Reyland!


Photos from our 2014 Event!

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Thanks for a great event!

What an awesome day at the Center yesterday! The 3rd Annual Mini Maker Faire greeted 1100 visitors. We are so excited to open the space and bring more maker classes to the community. Thanks to our great speakers Mark Reyland and Jeff Freeland Nelson. The event would not be possible without all of our great sponsors. No words can express the sincere appreciation we have for the countless volunteers who helped to make the event a success and have worked so hard to bring the maker space together. And to all of you who attended and recognize the value of the maker movement, we thank you!

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The Final Countdown!

Thanks to all of our great supporters for helping us make Maker Faire happen! Adams Tile and Stone, General Mills, Maggie’s Farms Pizza, Shuttleworth and Ingersoll, Rockwell Collins, Wells Fargo, University of Iowa Community Credit Union, and Zaytoon Mediterranean Grill. See you on the 19th!

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To Do…get most recent Make magazines for the Faire….DONE!

Must be Maker Faire week here at the Center, our shipment of MAKE magazines just arrived. See you the 19th.

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The Latest Maker Faire Flyer

Here is the latest and greatest, see you Saturday!

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Lots of last minute prep for the big Faire day on the 19th! Thanks to all of our volunteers who have put in countless hours to make the space come together, and present the Maker Faire on the 19th!

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