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Museum of Science plans first Mini Maker Faire

The Buffalo Museum of Science will hold the area’s first Mini Maker Faire from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, showcasing 50 crafters, tinkerers, scientists and tech enthusiasts, and providing visitors a chance to make things themselves.

The event will feature combat robots from Robogames 2013, 3D printers, a functioning droid developed by Phantom Computers of Dunkirk, a group from Pembroke Junior-Senior High School that will show how they build terrariums out of recycled materials and the Elmwood Franklin School Maker Club, made up entirely of students aged 8 to 14.

Visitors will be able to learn how to solder and make metal sculptures from molds, help knit a blanket and take apart a variety of donated gadgets.

“We wanted a wide range of Makers at our first event,” said Doug Borzynski, the museum’s facilitator of learning. “We hope to hold a larger Mini Maker Faire next summer with more Makers and expand outside into Martin Luther King Park.”

The Museum of Science is adjacent to the park.