This past weekend (Sept 17 & 18) there were 2 free #Maker events in downtown Akron...across the street from each other...yet I am sure most participants did not know about the other event.
On Saturday, the Akron-Summit County Public Library held Akron Makes, an event for Makers to showcase their work. I did not get a chance to get around to see everyone, but I heard about stomp rockets and egg drop. I saw someone setting up a screen printing station. There was a wooden cnc carved/laser engraved DDR setup and a very large skee ball where you used bowling balls. The Akron Childrens Museum was there with squishy circuits and cubelets and there were several people with robotics. There were many other participants. I had some beads to make bracelets, LED's & batteries, and a cutebot and edison. There were a good number of people that came through...though one of the workers said that not everyone came down our hallway---even though there was a sign directing them to us.
On Sunday, The Akron Art Museum held Kids Makerfest. It was one of their Family Days. It was a day for young entrepreneurs to show off and sell what they make. There were about 3 dozen young Makers selling a variety of products : jewelry, soap, candles, crayons, artwork, tye dye products, reusable canvas shopping bags, cookies & candies, coasters. It was all great and I wanted to buy so many things --- I hope they do it again closer to the December holidays for my shopping. Here they are (though not every pic has the name in it) :