LAKEVILLE — The Hotchkiss School opened the doors to their fascinating space called the EFX Lab inside the Griswold Science Building on April 7 to host the 4th annual Tri-State Mini Maker Faire.
With record warm weather climbing to 70 degrees, hundreds of visitors attended the event, which showcased the creative, innovative and entrepreneurial spirit of students, artisans, and businesses in northwest Connecticut, New York, and Massachusetts.
The Faire aimed to showcase the intersection of technology and art, and one intriguing exhibit by Kristin Mclune, Youth Services Coordinator, and volunteer Joshua Schultz, both from the North-East Millerton Library, also added food to the mix. Youngsters were encouraged to build a structure out of thin pasta that would support a marshmallow.
Erikka Adams, emerging technology librarian and coordinator for the Mini Maker Faire, said “The Maker Faire is a gathering of curious people who enjoy learning and love sharing what they can do with hobbies, experiments and inventions.”
KidsPlay Museum of Torrington had a prominent display in one of the classrooms, enticing youngsters and parents to learn more about their mission to offer exciting exhibits and programs in the areas including science, arts and literacy.
One small boy, evidently not familiar with the inside of a school, or just inspired by his surroundings, decided to conduct his own experiment by pulling down a fire alarm inside the science building. The resultant emptying of the building was taken in good nature by the crowd.