For Immediate Release
MAINE’S FIRST-EVER REPAIR CAFÉ AND POP-UP MAKERSPACE EVENT TO BE HELD IN CABOT MILL IN BRUNSWICK ON NOVEMBER 2ND IN CONJUNCTION WITH TEDxDIRIGO: GENERATE
October 24, 2013 (Brunswick, ME) – Treehouse Institute, the producers of TEDxDirigo, will be presenting the first-ever Maine Repair Café and Pop-Up Makerspace on Saturday, November 2nd at the Cabot Mill in Brunswick, in collaboration with Beard and Beanie Creative, Parachute Factory, and New Mexico Highlands University. The event will go from 9:30am to 11:30am and will be held in room 104.
A makerspace is what shop class should have been. Makerspaces are community events devoted to technology, creation and exploration. Mariano Ulibarri, director of the Parachute Factory Community Makerspace in Las Vegas, NM, and Miriam Langer of New Mexico Highlands University, will demo a mini-version of the monthly pop-ups that have become popular community gatherings, with hundreds of people attending. Arduinos will be available to program, people can 3D scan with the Kinect, paper circuits will be made using conductive paint and copper tape and there will be LEDs by the millions.
The Repair Café, a movement initiated by a woman from the Netherlands in 2009, has been sweeping the nation. Repair cafes are places where members of the community can come by with defunct items they would otherwise have thrown away and have them repaired free of charge by volunteer fix-it experts. This Fixer Café, organized by Eli Mellen, principal of Beard and Beanie Creative in Bar Harbor, will serve as a proof-of-concept demo, inspiring attendees to join the fixer movement.
Community members of all ages are encouraged to attend these two unique demos. Learn, fix, build and be inspired. This will be a collaborative and creative event, proving that people don’t need to be experts to actively make or fix, especially if they work together. Attendees should bring their imagination, bicycles for tuning or other small items to repair. Tools for making and fixing will be available onsite so attendees can be active participants in the process. Bringing your own tools is also welcomed!
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