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. There 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. Our 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.