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Small creations: Mini Maker Faire showcases projects by ‘tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, artisans’

Albuquerque Mini Maker Faire has outgrown its previous event spot and is headed to Expo New Mexico.

The Albuquerque Mini Maker Faire showcases projects built by hobbyists, engineers, artisans, inventors and tinkerers. (Courtesy of Rebecca Snyder)

The event, in its eighth year, was previously housed at the The Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum. It will run Saturday, April 6, and Sunday, April 7, in Villa Hispana and the Flower Arts building at Expo New Mexico.

“Maker Faire in Albuquerque is a two-day showcase of projects that have been built by hobbyists, by engineers, by artisans, by inventors, by tinkerers, and these projects run the range from cutting-edge tech, like 3-D printers and robots and drones and projected projects, down to things like mazes made out of cardboard, traditional woodworking, glass working, metalworking and pretty much everything in between,” said Craig Goldsmith, core organizer of the fair. “What we really try to do is get these tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, artisans who make this cool stuff in their basements and their backyards, but the only way you could ever see it is by going to their basement or backyard, and we get them to come out and show their projects to the public, talk about their projects, demonstrate the techniques that they use to do their projects.”

New to the event is the Saber Legion, which will put on a light saber fencing exhibition on the Villa Hispana stage on Saturday, April 6.

“The league does light saber dueling, and they make all their own light sabers from scratch, and they are the coolest things, because they are so bright it almost hurts to look at them, and they are very realistic-looking,” Goldsmith said.

There will be interactive fire sculptures at the fair. Eventgoers can push buttons and make fireballs. Explora will be bringing 750 linear feet of cardboard that attendees can use to make a giant human-sized maze. Intel will have a giant indoor drone cage.

Navajo Technical University in Crownpoint will bring projects that are directly related to cultural, environmental issues on the Navajo Nation. La Academia de Esperanza, a charter school in the South Valley, will showcase their maker projects and do demonstrations.

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