Maker Day came and left so quickly. On Saturday, April 23, the Burlington Mini Maker Faire took place at the Holly Hill Mall with an estimated 4,800 attendees, more than 50 volunteers, and 97 exhibits, which represented over 300 individual makers. This was a big event in our small town of Burlington causing the Mayor and City Council to declare the 23rd of April as Maker Day in the City of Burlington.
The community came together with the participation of Burlington Recreation and Parks who exhibited a life size Plinko. The Burlington Police Department showed off its motorcycle unit, and info was available for Burlington’s new public transit, Link Transit.
Local Makers in Education
Among the many makers at the Faire, Blessed Sacrament School of Burlington presented their “Mission to Mars” exhibit which included a centerpiece of Moon Rocks from Apollo, a booth by NASA, and other astronaut artifacts. Alamance Burlington School System and The Burlington School also participated as educational Makerspaces.
Alamance Community College were one of the first exhibitors to get set up with their HUGE exhibit at the center court which included advertising and graphic design projects that were cut on a laser cutter and promoted Burlington Mini Maker Faire.
The Faire participants came from around the state and within Burlington, including the new makerspace in downtown Burlington, STEAM Junction. Elon University was one of the sponsors and exhibitors with their Maker Hub and KickBox winners.
There was an amazing turnout from local maker businesses and organizations.
Local Maker Businesses:
- Angie’s Handmade’s: Craft Night at the Rusted Bucket
- Be In Your Center: Sprout to Life!
- Bricks 4 Kidz
- Chassis Twisters: 1/24 Scale Slot Car Racing
- Children’s Museum of Alamance County: Simply STEAM
- Gameover Comics: Cosplay and Retro Video Games
- Sylvan Learning Center: Explore Engineering
Local Maker Organizations:
- ACPL F.O.L.D.S.: Origami
- Alamance Amateur Radio Club: Ham Radio
- Alamance Artisan Guild: Handbuilt Pottery, Moss Gardens
- Alamance County Beekeepers
- Blacksmithing with NCABANA
- Burlington Artists League
- Burlington Carousel Quilt Guild
- Burlington Men’s Garden club
- Crossroads: Monument Quilt
- Plan B Robotics Club: First Robotics
- Studio One: Recycling for Costumes
- Triad Electric Vehicle Association
- Young Artist Clover Arts and Crafts 4-H Club
- Girl Scouts Carolinas, Peaks to Piedmont
Too Many Makers to Mention them all!
The First Person View Drone Racing by F1FPV, sponsored by Hangar 18 Hobbies was a popular exhibit that allowed visitors to get a bit competitive and have some fun racing drones around. In addition, the Society for Creative Anachronism created an experience for visitors with their village feel, complete with professional sword fighting.
Makerspaces from around the state attended to show off member projects.
- Foothills Community Workshop: Granite Falls
- Mixxer: Winston-Salem
- Splatspace: Durham
- STEAM Junction: Burlington
- The Forge: Greensboro
- Tesseract Point: Fayetville
Other inspiring exhibits included Steampunk artist Brett King, Helping Hand 3D printed prosthetics, chain maille by Split Infinity Jewelry, Crankin Engines, 105th SQUAD Costuming, theater props by Eric Hart, Fusion3 3D printers, Pup in a Poke recycled plarning and so much more!
Video Coverage on Hack A Week TV
If you were unfortunate enough to have missed the event or would like to see more, Hack A Week created this video with interviews of some the exhibitors that gives a look at sampling of maker exhibitors.
Get Social with Us
This year we expanded our social media presence to create easily accessible content so if you want updates for our next Maker Faire follow our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds. Don’t forget to interact to be sure you stay updated.
LASTLY AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, we want to give a special THANK YOU to our SPONSORS who supported the community educational event, all the tireless VOLUNTEERS, inspiring EXHIBITORS, and GUESTS who donated, to make this event possible for this year and years to come. We thank everyone who came out to support the Burlington community and can’t wait to see everyone again next year!