Kami Wilt, the event’s producer (also known as the genius behind the Austin Tinkering School), describes the Mini Maker Faire as “a one-day, family-friendly event to make, create, learn, invent, craft, recycle, think, play, and be inspired.” It’s not only a showcase for the DIY spirit, as exemplified by the 65 diverse and amazingly creative makers participating, but also a one-day school of sorts, where kids and adults can learn new skills, both useful and purely whimsical.
Full disclosure: I am volunteering at the event, and Alt Ed Austin is one of its official sponsors. Why? Because it’s a natural fit: the schools, camps, and other programs featured on this site embrace hands-on learning, and the AMMF is a celebration of that learning-by-doing model. Truthfully, though, I got involved mostly because it’s going to be tons of fun!
Tickets at the gate are reasonably priced ($10 for kids 18 and under, $15 for adults), and even cheaper in advance ($7 for kids, $10 for adults). But one lucky reader will get two free passes (good for either kids or adults), compliments of Alt Ed Austin. Just leave a comment below, telling me which maker booth, workshop, or special presentation you are most interested in visiting at the Faire. The winner will be selected randomly from all relevant responses submitted by 9:00 pm today. The winner will be announced in an update to this post as well as on the Alt Ed Austin Facebook page.
Good luck, and see you at the Faire!
UPDATE: Randomly selected using a fancy little Excel formula, the winner is Lawrence Manzano (commenter #4). Congratulations, Lawrence, and enjoy the Austin Mini Maker Faire! Thanks to everyone who entered the drawing and visited Alt Ed Austin.