SUNY Poly to host Mohawk Valley Mini Maker Faire

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MARCY — A Mohawk Valley Mini Maker Faire will be presented by SUNY Polytechnic Institute and thINCubator on Saturday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at the SUNY Poly Student Center, the college announced.

The event is a collaboration between SUNY Poly and individual makers and participating institutions including thINCubator, Sculpture Space, Munson Williams Proctor Arts institute, The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties, and the Utica Children’s Museum.

“Whether an engineer, scientist, craft maker, or artist, we all have a desire and curiosity to create, no matter the final product, and SUNY Poly is proud to partner with thINCubator and a number of local organizations to host this important event on our Utica campus,” said SUNY Poly interim President Bahgat Sammakia. The event “provides an incredible venue for all these makers to not only show off their skill set and passion, but also to engage others to do the same.”

In addition, thINCubator Director Ryan Miller said “from Robotics to art to 3D printing to dance, it’s a chance to celebrate creativity, meet creatives from across our region and learn something new....”

Among activities will be “The JAM,” a sculpture event sponsored by Sculpture Space from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. during the Faire; four teams comprised of students and professional artists from across the state will compete in a friendly six-hour design-and-build challenge, resulting in four unique pieces of art. The public is encouraged to watch and interact with the artists throughout the day, as well as cast their vote for “People’s Choice” among the created works.

Overall, the approximately two dozen exhibits include but are not limited to 3D Printing and Technology, Cupcake Decorating, Creativity and Culture, Social Dancing, Puppetry, Sculpture creation, Woodcarving, Photography, and more, said SUNY Poly. Maker Faire originated in 2006 in the San Francisco Bay Area as a project of the editors of Make: magazine, the college noted.

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