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Maker Faire® Milwaukee – the “Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth” – announces its Sept. 14 – 15 event schedule and there is something for everyone

Families will be able to meet Maker exhibitors, participate in hands-on workshops and experience tech-inspired entertainment at the free admission Maker Faire on Sept. 14 and 15 at the Wisconsin Center.

By - Sep 6th, 2019 03:05 pm

MILWAUKEE, WI – (Sept. 6, 2019) The Betty Brinn Children’s Museum will present their 6th annual Maker Faire® Milwaukee event at the Wisconsin Center. The Faire is locally produced and supported, and is one of more than 200 Faires around the world licensed by MAKE: Community.

Maker Faire Milwaukee is free and open to the public on Saturday, Sept. 14, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 15, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. A free admission, adults-only (18+) Happy Hour and Food Drive will be held on Friday, Sept. 13 in the Faire’s Dark Room from 4 – 7 p.m. The Happy Hour will feature music, a cash bar and previews of some of the Faire’s spectacles; donations of non-glass, non-perishable food items will benefit Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin. Pre-registration for the Faire is encouraged; ticket information can be found at

Maker Faire Milwaukee event highlights:

  • Power Racing Series, Sept. 14, 11 – 11:30 a.m., 1 – 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 – 3 p.m., 4 – 4:30 p.m.; and Sept. 15, 11 – 11:30 a.m. and 1 – 2 p.m.: Guests can enjoy multiple races featuring teams from around the United States that will compete with their modified electric kids ride-on vehicles.
  • Robotic Football, Sept. 14, 10:30 – 11 a.m., 1:30 – 2 p.m. and 3:30 – 4 p.m.; and Sept. 15, 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 2 – 2:30 p.m.: Valparaiso University Robotics will demonstrate with two robotic football teams.
  • EAA – The Spirit of Aviation, Sept. 14, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; and Sept. 15, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.: The mobile experience features virtual technology and simulators that introduce the world of aviation to audiences of all ages.
  • Beauty and the Bolt, Sept. 14, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; and Sept. 15, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Beauty and the Bolt’s Princesses with Power Tools workshop will introduce young makers to hand tools with a make and take project.
  • Robofest, Sept. 14, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m (competition).; and Sept. 15, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (team demonstrations): As many as 24 high school teams will compete with their custom-made robots in one of the largest FIRST Robotics off-season events.
  • Rook, The Tesla Knight, Sept. 14, noon – 12:30 p.m., 3 – 3:30 p.m., and 5 – 5:30 p.m.; and Sept. 15, noon – 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 – 4 p.m.: A live show featuring a knight in a hand-made suit of armor doing battle with six Tesla coils, as well as demonstrations of how Tesla coils work.

Workshops and events:

  • Design & Build Derby, Sept. 14, 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.: A hands-on building activity that invites guests to assemble (and decorate) a small wooden car and race them down mini race tracks. A $3 workshop fee applies.
  • TEALS, Sept. 14, 2 – 5 p.m.: Learn about computer science education resources for high schools provided by this Microsoft volunteer program.
  • Build-a-Blinkie: Guests are invited to participate in a traveling soldering workshop. Soldering materials and tools will be provided, along with instructions from booth educators. A workshop fee applies.
  • Swap-O-Rama-Rama, Sept. 14, 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.; and Sept. 15, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.: A do-it-yourself workshop area with sewing equipment, other tools and supplies for creative reuse of clothing and other textiles. A workshop fee applies.
  • The Arduino Classroom, Sept. 14 & 15, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.: See demonstrations of ARDUINO® microcontroller classroom projects for students in grades 5 and up, and purchase this just-published curriculum.
  • Be A Maker, Sept 14, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 2 – 5:30 p.m.: The Betty Brinn Children’s Museum’s Be A Maker booth is an open-making space for makers of all ages with make-and-take activities as well as collaborative projects. A workshop fee applies for select activities.
  • Brinn Labs, Sept. 14, 10:30 a.m. – noon and 1 – 5 p.m.; and Sept. 15, 10:30 a.m. – noon  and 1 – 4 p.m.: Learn about the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum’s Maker Initiatives through hands-on projects and workshop sessions, including information sessions for parents and teachers about the impact of making on education and talent development.
  • Milwaukee Artist Trading Cards, Sept. 15, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Make a custom 2 ½ by 3 ½ inch trading card with the Milwaukee Artist Trading Card Group.
  • Cyanotype Prints, Sept. 15, 2 – 4 p.m.: Learn about the unique process of cyanotype printing. A workshop fee applies.
  • Underwater Remotely Operated Vehicles Workshop for Educators, Sept. 15, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Learn training and curriculum for underwater ROV. Pre-registration is required, a $200 workshop fee applies.

To view Maker Faire Milwaukee’s full schedule, visit

About the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum

The Betty Brinn Children’s Museum serves more than 250,000 people annually and produces Maker Faire® Milwaukee as part of its Maker Initiatives. The Initiatives were established in 2013 and expand the organization’s core “learning by doing” mission to the larger community through year-round maker programs, outreach and other activities. The Maker Initiatives represent a critical investment in education, and in Milwaukee’s long-term economic and workforce development.

The Museum’s Maker Initiatives include:

  • Brinn Labs, the Museum’s makerspace in the Bay View neighborhood of Milwaukee;
  • The Be A Maker space at the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum, Be A Maker field trips and extensive outreach programming that bring maker education experiences to high-needs neighborhoods; and
  • Community and school partnerships that integrate maker education into curriculum and increase community access to tools and technology that can develop maker skills and entrepreneurial projects.

About Wisconsin Center
The Wisconsin Center, located in the heart of downtown Milwaukee, is the hub of convention business in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Center offers 188,695 square feet of contiguous exposition space and 37,500 square feet of ballroom space, accommodating up to 1,000 vendors and 10,000 guests. Well-appointed spaces are also available for groups as small as ten. The Wisconsin Center is ideal for trade and consumer shows, conventions, banquets, business meetings, and celebrations. The Wisconsin Center is experience obsessed and dedicated to providing unforgettable buzzworthy experiences for all clients and guests. The Wisconsin Center is owned and operated by the Wisconsin Center District. For more information and to book an event, visit

About Maker Faire

Founded in 2006, Maker Faire is a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness. People of all ages and backgrounds gather to show what they are making and share what they are learning. With more than 200 Maker Faires happening around the world, the events engage more than 1.4 million annual attendees across 44 countries. In 2014, there was even a Maker Faire on the grounds of The White House. Headquartered in San Francisco, California, MAKE: Community has been widely credited with jumpstarting the worldwide Maker Movement, which is seen as a community using technology as a creative tool to push the boundaries of innovation in engineering, robotics, healthcare, education, manufacturing, the arts and many other fields.

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Maker Faire Milwaukee 2019 Sponsors

Maker Faire Milwaukee 2019 sponsors include: Presenting Sponsor: Wisconsin Center District; Community Partner: Anthem; Silversmith Sponsors: BizTimes Media, Briggs & Stratton, the Experimental Aircraft Association and Rockwell Automation; Activity Sponsors: ARMY ROTC, Harley-Davidson Foundation, Northwestern Mutual and We Energies Foundation; Coppersmith Sponsor: A.O. Smith Foundation; Blacksmith Sponsor: Maker’s Village Investors Group LLC; and Locksmith Sponsors: Gateway Technical College, Marquette University, Victoria Teerlink and Jeffrey Drope; and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

NOTE: This press release was submitted to Urban Milwaukee and was not written by an Urban Milwaukee writer. It has not been verified for its accuracy or completeness.

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