(Jackson, Wyo.) - In our modern times, many are used to things being done for us, but a new movement is bringing back the makers and now it has reached Jackson Hole. This new Maker Movement is all about empowering people with the skills and mindset to solve their own challenges, create their own prototypes and innovate around an idea. The movement brings people together in large Maker Faires around the county and smaller Mini Maker Faires in communities. This Saturday, Teton Science Schools will host the Second Annual Mini Maker Faire
with more than 40 makers
teaching skills to kids and adults alike.
"The skills can be anything from learning to drive a robot, to electronics
work to skills and crafts like how to solder, weld, hammer nails and use a
screwdriver," said Nate McClennen, Vice President for Education and
Innovation at Teton Science Schools.
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McClennen said that unlike many festivals in Jackson, the booths at the
Maker Faire aren't vendor booths, but community members with a desire to
teach a skill to their peers.
"The hope is that the participants -- last year we had more than 500 --
leave with a new set of skills that you can take home. We hope they bring
home a mindset that they don't have to rely on someone else to do something
for them," said McClennen.
This year's event will also feature a Youth Innovation Contest, with the
goal of getting young people to believe that they can create and design
interesting solutions for problems. At the fair, there will be a section
for youth innovators, where people can vote on the most innovative.
Additionally, judges will decide on which person gets the Social Innovation
"Over time, we hope this will be a huge exhibition of innovation in the
valley, which will then make the entire region more innovative when you
have young people thinking of creative solutions to challenging problems,"
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The Jackson Hole Mini Maker Faire is on Saturday, May 21 from 12 - 4 p.m.
at the Teton Science Schools Jackson Campus. The admission is free and the
event is for learners of all ages. It is rain or shine, there are many
activities that are inside if the weather is rainy.
*Feature Photo: Last year's Maker Faire. h/t Teton Science Schools /