Barnes & Noble Mini Maker Faire

If you’re a tech enthusiast, educator, tinkerer, hobbyist, engineer, science club member, author, artist, student, entrepreneur, crafter, or really just a human being, you’re gonna dig this. In partnership with Make: Magazine Barnes & Noble is putting on a Mini Maker Faire in all of their stores this weekend. Each store will showcase different local makers and their projects.

There is a presentation starting at the top of every hour. The three types of presentations are Make (demos of cool stuff), Meet the Maker (real makers showing how they do it) and Make and Collaborate (the chance to do it yourself). The full schedule is on the B&N website. And we’re talking about a bunch of really neato stuff here: 3D printers, drones, robots, programming, coding, Bionicles, sculpture, illustration and lots more.

At the Creekwalk B&N, they’ve dedicated the entire weekend to showcasing the work of students from Plano ISD’s Academy High School. These kids are putting on the show all on their own, and will blow you away with their pottery, wood and metalwork, as well as robotics, 3D printing and solar cars. These kids are the future (and your tax dollars at work!).

At the Preston Road B&N, different makers from around DFW will be stopping by throughout the weekend. Friday at 7pm, Alvin Ong will show how he makes sculptures, resin castings and plush figures. Saturday at 1pm, Pamela Thompson will demonstrate how she creates adult coloring books. Saturday at 5pm, Ryan Bledsoe demos e-textiles. Saturday at 7pm, Fabian Vazquez will talk drones. And Sunday at 1pm and 5pm, Rachael Thompson and students from Rice Middle School will demo 3D printed models. (Schedules are subject to change.)

At both Plano Barnes & Noble locations, demos and events start every hour from 3pm-7pm on Friday, 11am-7pm on Saturday and 11am-5pm on Sunday.

Creekwalk Village Barnes & Noble: 801 West 15th St Suite E Plano, TX 75075

Preston & Park Barnes & Noble: 2201 Preston Rd Suite E Plano, TX 75093

Here’s a taste of what the Plano ISD Academy High kids will be bringing:

3rd year Learner Ephie Wiedermann working on his tea pot before firing
Learner Blake Margolis with his car project


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