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Evanston will be the scene for a Mini Maker Faire — a festival of do-it-yourself technology and craft projects — the first weekend in August.

The maker faire concept has spread to a variety of cities around the country — from Orlando to Seattle.

The Evanston Mini Maker Faire is hosted by the Technology Innovation Center in downtown Evanston and Pumping Station: One, the Chicago area’s largest and oldest community workshop, and sponsored by Make Magazine among others.

A video produced by Technology with Intent from last month’s Seattle fair .

The fair hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 5. The event will be held at Oak Avenue and University Place and at Oak and Emerson Street.

Maker Faires are a celebration of DIY, high tech, low tech, tools, crafts, machines, robots, demonstrations and performances. Over 75 makers of all ages show off the things they’ve made and how they’ve made them. There will be workshops, classes and performances.

The Faire will feature the PPPRS (Power Wheels racing series), with at least 10 teams and 30 cars from all over the country. A grand prix race, big people racing little cars, using their know-how and ingenuity to push their entries beyond their limits. It’s a race where style is as important as speed.

The FabLab from the Museum of Science and Industry will have a 3D modeling workshop for kids, where they will make 3D designs that will be cut on the spot into useful objects. The Chicago Children’s Museum will present “Corregation Nation”, an activity that involves creating large 3D structures and sculptures with cardboard.  Participants will contribute to a large scale cardboard scene, which might end up as a landscape, zoo, neighborhood—who knows?

The Evanston Homebrew Club will be demonstrating how to make your own beer. The Chicago Makerbot User Group will be 3D-scanning notable participants and landmarks and printing 3D replicas on their Makerbots as spectators watch.

Tinkering School will bring out wood and demonstrate how to make wonderful sculpture safely. There will be a deconstruction zone where anyone can take a peek inside the boxes of machines and electronics and learn to take them apart safely.

Photoboop, an instant photo booth kit, will be for sale. Rapid Direction, a company in the Technology Innovation Center, will have a 3D printing demonstration.

Experimental music group Roth Mobot will perform, demonstrate, and teach a circuit-bending workshop, using toys and other discarded electronics repurposed into musical instruments. Performances and other surprises will pop up throughout the day around the grounds and on the main stage.

Tickets for the event can be purchased online.

Top: A circuit-bending workshop at Pumping Station: One.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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