CNY's First "Maker Faire" Coming to OCC's SRC Arena

Posted on January 18, 2022

CENTRAL NEW YORK’S FIRST MAKER FAIRE COMING TO OCC  

Onondaga Community College’s SRC Arena will host Central New York’s inaugural Maker Faire this spring. The event will be held Saturday, April 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Event organizers estimate the Maker Faire will attract more than 150 “makers” and 1,000 attendees.

 

What is a Maker Faire?

It’s a is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these "makers" to show hobbies, experiments, and projects.

 

Call for Makers

The Call for Makers is now open for Maker Faire Syracuse! We’re looking for DIYers, hobbyists, tinkerers, crafters, scientists, robotics experts, artists, cosplayers, and more. Anyone interested in participating in the inaugural Maker Faire Syracuse can sign up at this link. The deadline to sign up in March 1.

 

When Do Tickets Go On Sale?

Tickets are on sale starting today! The earlier you buy, the better the price. More information is available at the event ticket page.

 

Volunteers Needed

Even though the Maker Faire is three months away, event organizers need volunteers to help set up, guide attendees, clean up, and assist with dozens of other tasks. More information on specific roles is available at the event volunteer page.

 

Who We Are

The Maker Faire is present by Onondaga Community College and the Technology Alliance of Central New York. The Maker Faire Planning Committee includes members from many local organizations and higher education institutions including Syracuse University, Le Moyne College, OCM BOCES, Central New York Library Resource Council, and several librarians and staff members from the Onondaga County Public Libraries system. The event is being co-produced by Mike Cimino of the Fayetteville Free Library and Pauline Shostack of Onondaga Community College’s Coulter Library. “We’re excited about creating the region’s first Maker Faire. Our goal is to provide a STEAM hands-on learning experience in a festival-type atmosphere,” said Shostack.

 

The Maker Faire originated in 2006 in the San Francisco Bay Area as a project of the editors of Make magazine.  It has since grown into a significant worldwide network of both flagship and independently-produced events.

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