Innovation and imagination on display at Mini Maker Faire

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by ASHLEY GOUDEAU / KVUE News and Photojournalists J.P. HARRINGTON

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Posted on May 5, 2013 at 9:26 PM

Updated Sunday, May 5 at 11:55 PM

AUSTIN -- Think of the second annual Austin Mini Maker Faire as the ultimate show and tell with 120 exhibits featuring robots, bottle launchers and everything in between.

"I think it's pretty cool," said Daphne Ferstil who attended the event Sunday morning. 

"Everyone who comes here is a maker and you just might find your form of making here," said Austin Mini Maker Faire Producer Kami Wilt. 

"There's a Mega Maker Faire that started in the bay area in 2006. And actually in 2007 and 2008 they experimented with bringing it to Austin and then they discontinued that," added Wilt.

She was motivated to bring makers back to Austin, and she did.    

"I think it's great. I mean it's really neat for people to actually see stuff, not just the latest technology but also some of the really old stuff like the phonograph records they have over there," said Eric Ferstil who is attending with his daughter Daphne.

Another big crowd pleaser is this 3-D printer from the Tech Shop in Round Rock.

"I wanted to come here today because I've always been interested in things like making your own toys and with these machines you can do that," said 11-year old David Boyt.

People at the event say the best part is actually getting to make items that you're learning about and take them home.

"It's not just walking around looking at things or just things you can buy, everything is about hands on, you get to dive in and try," said Wilt. 

Hopefully igniting a spark that will drive you to become a maker.

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