2nd annual Virginia Tech Maker Festival coming to National Capital Region Oct. 1

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Creativity, engineering, and resourcefulness will abound at the second annual Virginia Tech Maker Festival, a family fun event that explores science, technology, engineering, math (STEM), and design at the Virginia Tech Northern Virginia Center, 7054 Haycock Road, Falls Church, on Saturday, Oct.1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Virginia Tech National Capital Region and 4-H are sponsoring the event, which is free of charge and open to the public. Registration is now open.

A 150 lb. robot is one of the festival’s major attractions.

Kids will be able to see how a laser cutter works to make a puzzle or stickers and learn how to make just about anything, including a 3-D print keychain in the Virginia Tech 3-D printing lab, natural dyes, play dough circuits, LED paintbrushes, t-shirt jewelry, rockets, and robots. And they can get a robot’s driver’s license. (See a list of more activities here.)

Demonstrations throughout the day will showcase a broad range of inventiveness in the northern Virginia community. The newly opened Virginia Tech Qualcomm Thinkabit Lab, TechShop, First Robotics, X- Bots, and the Nuclear Science and Engineering Lab (NSEL) at Virginia Tech are all participating in the event.

Food will be available for purchase from popular food trucks including Famous Dave’s, Captain Cookie, and Farm Effect.

“Last year’s festival was a tremendous success, drawing about 1500 people,” said Jennifer Carter, associate director, Continuing and Professional Education, who organized the event. “Interest in STEM continues to grow and we’ve added even more activities this year. We encourage all families in the northern Virginia community to join us for a day of hands-on experiences and demonstrations that prove learning can be fun.”

Carter is also recruiting members from the Virginia Tech community of faculty, staff, students, and alumni as volunteers for the Maker Festival.

Any questions regarding the event or volunteering should be directed to Carolyn Darville, 571-858-3304 or email carolyn5@vt.edu.

The Virginia Tech Maker Festival is being held in conjunction with the Virginia Week of Science, Sept. 30 to Oct. 8. Hundreds of exhibits and activities in Blacksburg, the National Capital Region, and Roanoke have been designed to provide hands-on, interactive inspiration for science. .

Posted September 09, 2016