Burlington Maker Getting Noticed

Hey look, Burlington Mini Maker Faire founder and director Ben Harris is in the news again talking about STEM education, his successful Kickstarter campaign and what we are doing locally to create our maker space.

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EV Challenge participants using the simulator as featured on the ShopBot blog

Ben is featured by
ShopBot Tools
and on Slashdot!

Check out this glowing article from our friends (and Burlington Mini Maker Faire Alums) at ShopBot Tools.

Slashdot featured Ben on their homepage! During the Atlanta Maker Faire, he discusses his EV Challenge Simulator Kits as well as other ongoing projects. Watch the video here.

North Carolina Welcomes Its Newest Maker Space “The Forge”

Originally posted on MAKE:

Founders of "The Forge" at its Grand Opening in Greensboro NC

Founders of “The Forge” at its Grand Opening in Greensboro NC

On July 22nd the city of Greensboro North Carolina was host for the grand opening of “The Forge” NC’s newest maker space. It sits at the end of a street that in the past had suffered from decades of neglect and urban decay, now home to a micro brewery, upscale restaurants, an outdoor meeting space, and Greensboro’s first community maker space. At the turn of the last century the building was the home to a blacksmith shop and carriage house, a big reason for the choice of name for this new workshop. Local makers lead by Joey Adams the current president of the board of directors at the Forge, property owners, and the Greensboro Partnership Entrepreneur Connection came together and worked for nearly two years to make the Forge a reality. Nancy Vaughan, the Mayor of…

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New York Here We Come!

ben-mfnyOur own Ben Harris will be exhibiting his maker made STEM Science Kits at the World Maker Faire in New York later this month. Alamance Makers Guild members, Dan Porter, Kindle Cherry and me, Ilsa Spaan will be tagging along (and Ben’s nephew Brian) to help him man the booth at the two day event that is expected to attract over 75,000 people.

Ben’s company, Harris-Educational makes Reinventing Science Kits, which are used in classrooms and homes across the US. He will soon begin a Kick Starter to raise funds that will allow him to expand the Reinventing Science Kit line to give students more opportunities to explore and learn science.

Current STEM Reinventing Science Kits include:

Reinventing Edison STEM Science KitReinventing Edison: Build Your Own
Light Bulb
A fun science kit designed to excite and engage experimenters of all ages as they recreate the experiments that lead to the development of the first real light bulb.


RS-TGI-Full-KitReinventing Morse: Build Your Own Telegraph
A fun science kit designed recreate the experiments that lead to the development of the first successful electrical telegraph.


Bennett Harris founded Harris Educational, the Alamance Makers Guild, and the Burlington Mini Maker Faire. and was one of 16 ”Honored Maker Attendees” at the first White House Maker Faire.

2015 Burlington Mini Maker Faire Announced

Building STEAM in Burlington

Science – Technology – Engineering – Arts – Math

Burlington is building STEAM as a place Learn and to Make. Alamance Makers Guild, along with our other great sponsors is gearing up to present our 4th Annual Burlington Mini Maker Faire.

Save the date, for the Greatest Show & Tell in the Piedmont!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Holly Hill Mall and Business Center, Burlington, North Carolina

Call for Makers!

  • Do you make something cool or have a project to share?
  • Would you like to share you knowledge or skills?
  • Want to help promote a love of learning and doing?

Sign up to exhibit at the Burlington Mini Maker Faire. IT’S FREE! We will be taking entries beginning December this year thru March 1, 2015. So begin now to plan your exhibit!

2014 Burlington Mini Maker Faire

Maker Faire is a celebration of creativity, craftsmanship, art, play, and learning and its coming back to Burlington NC for its second year at the Holly Hill Mall and Business Center on Saturday April 12th!

We invite you and your family to come out for a fun time at Holly Hill Mall and Business Center here in Burlington NC. Visit the makers, builders, inventors, artists, programmers, educators, and boffins of the Alamance Makers Guild and other great NC Makers. Interact with cool projects, meet robots, learn about 3D printing, make something with your own two hands, get your steampunk on, learn to solder, share your own ideas, and much more!

Come out and be inspired to make something new yourself! Be a part of our growing maker community!



Admission to our maker faire is free for everyone!  We’re also going to give away some door prizes made by our makers and donated by our sponsors for folks who register for free tickets and bring the printout with them to the faire.

Gather up the kids, grab Grandma and Grandpa, pile your neighbors in the car and head out to the Maker Faire at Holly Hill Mall on Saturday April 12th 2014!  We look forward to seeing you there!

Want to know more?

  • Learn more about Maker Faire (Check out the “About” tab)
  • Attend the Burlington Maker Faire (Check out the “Attend” tab)
  • Learn more about our Makers and their Projects
    (Check out the “Makers” tab)

Want to exhibit your own projects or help us with the Maker Faire?

The Burlington Mini Maker Faire is a community project of the Alamance Makers Guild, a social group of makers that formed in July of 2011.  It is our goal to open a Maker Space for Alamance County and one way of making that happen is by connecting to the community through Maker Faire and helping folks learn about the Maker Movement.  If you’d like to be a part of our group, attend our meetings and special events, share or exhibit your own projects, or just check us out then use the following resources:

Help us Spread the Word!

Maker Faire is all about community and so we are asking you to help us spread the word about the Burlington Mini Maker Faire.  Contact your friends, share this page, post about us on facebook, mention us @AlamanceMakers #BurlingtonMakerFaire on Twitter.  If you or your family, friends, or neighbors live within comfortable driving distance from our events, then share this with them!


The Burlington Mini Maker Faire isn’t the first or the only Maker Faire here in the great state of North Carolina. The first NC Maker Faire was held in Durham in 2010, and for the last three years its been held in the Kerr Scott Building at the NC State Fair Grounds in Raleigh. Our Maker Faire is meant as a sister event to our big brother in Raleigh, inspired by their tenacity and bringing Making to the Piedmont Triad region.

The 2013 Maker Faire North Carolina event was held earlier this year on June 15th and beat their own expectations for attendance (more than 5000 people came to see the big show!)  In fact they’ve grown large enough they may have to find a new home for 2014!  You can learn more at their website and fan page:

Keep June 2014 clear on your calendars to support Maker Faire NC!

Thanks for visiting our page. We look forward to meting you at the Burlington Mini Maker Faire on Saturday April 12th.

Burlington Mini Maker Faire 2013 is now live!

Hello Everyone,

The Burlington Mini Maker Faire blog is now live and running.  Here you will find articles, stories, news, and links relating to the Burlington Mini Maker Faire, The Alamance Makers Guild, and all of the great exhibitors for our 2013 Burlington Mini Maker Faire!

Making Waves

I’d like to start off by thanking Danny Oakley (Web Master and Technical Genius) and Ilsa Spaan (Media and Graphics Queen) for all that they’ve done to help launch our new site and prepare for our 2013 Burlington Mini Maker Faire!

Also thanks to John Linville, Victor Cardenas, and Michael Wood along with all of the other members of the Alamance Makers Guild for their support and help!

Its going to be a great Burlington Mini Maker Faire in 2013!

Stay tuned for more news and articles as we go get closer and after the event.

Ben (Director of the Burlington Mini Maker Faire)