The Sudbury Maker Fest is a family-friendly celebration of community makers, artists, and groups who do awesome things in the spirit of DIY and who want to share their achievements with others. The term “Maker” was originally popularized by MakerMedia and MakerFaire, and “Maker Culture” has been growing all over the world ever since.
Maker culture focuses on learning by doing through trial and error, exploration, problem solving, and practical application. It stems from DIY culture, though the idea is more about DIT (doing-it-together) and learning and sharing with others. Maker culture appreciates creation over consumerism and it values health, sustainable development, environmentalism, and local culture.
Why do the Greater Sudbury Public Library, Science North and Design Society want to organize a Maker Festival?
You may have already noticed Makerspaces, HackerLabs, and DIY groups popping up all over your community. Schools, libraries, colleges, and private start-ups have been setting up spaces with equipment and tools for people to make stuff, and to teach and learn from others. You may have noticed that Greater Sudbury Public Library has a Makerspace of its own, and Science North offers a variety of interactive activities and exhibits that promote making with science and technology.
Maker culture and Makerspaces fit naturally with our organizations’ m
issions and we hope that this event will foster some of that Maker culture in our communities. Moreover, we are hopeful that the Sudbury Maker Fest will provide our community members with the opportunity to to connect with local innovators, artists, and entrepreneurs.
Nancy Somers is a Senior Scientist at Science North. She is passionate about electronics and robotics and applies these to her work with creating fun visitor experiences at the science center.
Danielle Waltenbury has been part of the Science North team for over 15 years. She’s passionate about the maker movement and is raison two beautiful up and coming Makers!
Tyler August is a Science Communicator at Science North.
Jessica Watts is the Coordinator of Outreach, Programs, and Partnerships at the Greater Sudbury Public Library. She loves that her work at the public library involves a variety of things that one wouldn’t necessarily connect to libraries: a Makerspace, snowshoes and arts passes to name a few.
Meggan Van Harten is a graphic designer motivated to blend her passion for creativity with her logic to create innovative concept based designs. She is a Principal Designer at a local design agency called Design de Plume and is the President of the Sudbury Design Society.
Jennica Robinson is a graphic designer currently working at Design de Plume, an indigenously owned, Sudbury-based, independent graphic design firm. As the Communications Officer of the Sudbury Design Society, Jennica strives to better the Greater Sudbury design community through local initiatives.