SUNY Poly to host Mini Maker Faire

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MARCY — SUNY Polytechnic Institute will host the 2019 Mohawk Valley Mini Maker Faire on Saturday from noon-5 p.m., the college announced.

The event will include 3D printers, sculptors, drummers, crochet data quilters, tech enthusiasts, wood carvers, educators, and artists presenting family-friendly exhibits for the community.

More than 20 exhibits, performances, and demonstrations will be featured for the first time inside SUNY Poly's new Center for Global Advanced Manufacturing (CGAM) in Donovan Hall, with additional exhibits outdoors throughout campus, the college said.

Tickets for the free event can be reserved through mohawkvalley.makerfaire.com online.

The event's two main attractions this year will be a real-time sculpting presentation by Sculpture Space, and a hands-on lamp-making exhibit hosted by the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, said SUNY Poly.

Other highlighted exhibits include demonstrations by SUNY Poly student and entrepreneur Christina Carambia whose start-up company, Underground Greens, will be running a "You Can Grow" workshop to teach children how to garden. Also, SUNY Poly students in their interdisciplinary studies course on "Wicked Problems" will have interactive data projects in which they invite visitors to envision how to use data to improve their communities.

In addition, attendees can experience a FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics demonstration to learn more about careers in robotics and fields relating to STEM (science, technology, engineering, math); interact with "Geodesic Domes and Spheres," where visitors can help build a 25-foot-diameter geodesic greenhouse; and meet the SUNY Poly Fabrication Club to learn how students work with tools and machines in the CGAM facility where competitive robots are built. 

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