Invention convention sets down in Westport April 28

If you’ve ever wondered how to make a marshmallow shooter or wanted to see what it takes to build a traditional canoe, make sure to save some time on Saturday, April 28 — the day the Mini Maker Faire rolls into Westport.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., invention, ingenuity, curiosity and do-it-yourself spirit will rule throughout Westport Library and adjacent Jesup Green. More than 50 “makers” are expected to attend and show off their creations, which will include robotic innovations, submersible craft, 3D-printing projects, arts, crafts and other items.

There will be plenty of activities for all ages, as well as a number of competitions that will encourage teams to develop complicated systems for simple tasks and to make and play instruments out of everyday objects (there is still time to register for both contests). The event is free.

The first Maker Faire took place in San Mateo, Calif., in 2006, and has since grown, with about 100,000 people attending last year’s event. This year’s event takes place May 19 and 20. Since 2006, Maker Faires have launched in Detroit and New York City. This year also includes one in Kansas City and a number of Mini Maker Faires across the United States and the world.

In the video above, which is focused on the 2011 Bay Area Maker Faire in California, the event’s founder Dale Dougherty talks about the impetus and spirit of the event and movement

Christina Hennessy