GRAND RAPIDS — Grand Valley State University has partnered with the Grand Rapids Public Museum to host inventors and innovators during the third annual Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire, August 20-21.

Maker Faire combines the traditional science fair with innovation and engineering. The Faire will feature rockets and robots, DIY science and technology, urban farming and sustainability, alternative energy, local food and educational installations.

Nearly 100 makers and their projects will be on display in the Kennedy Hall of Engineering and Keller Engineering Labs on the Pew Grand Rapids Campus, as well as the Grand Rapids Public Museum.

Among the projects on display will be a racing vehicle built by Grand Valley students on the Formula SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) team. Each year, the group competes at one of the world’s largest collegiate autocross car competitions at the Michigan International Speedway.

Grand Valley joined the Faire as an organizing partner in June 2015.

“We became an event partner to show support for local inventors and to promote creativity and innovation,” said Wael Mokhtar, director of the School of Engineering. “With more than 5,000 visitors during the two-day event, it’s a unique opportunity for Grand Valley to connect with the community.”

Grand Valley students, faculty and staff members receive free admission to the Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire through the partnership with GRPM; bring ID card to ticketing stations.

For more information, visit www.makerfairegr.com

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