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Saturday’s Miami Mini Maker Faire promises more robots, ‘block party feel’

Florida International University gets ready to demonstrate its Telebot at the Miami Mini Maker Faire last year. The all-day festival returns Saturday to The LAB Miami and the LightBox in Miami's Wynwood community.
Florida International University gets ready to demonstrate its Telebot at the Miami Mini Maker Faire last year. The all-day festival returns Saturday to The LAB Miami and the LightBox in Miami's Wynwood community. MIAMI HERALD STAFF

The Miami Mini Maker Faire, a celebration of all things hand-made, returns to Wynwood on Saturday.

For the fair’s second year, organizers say they are expecting at least 2,500 visitors and more than 90 exhibitors at this all-day family-friendly event that will be held at The LAB Miami and LightBox as well as on the street in Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood. Expect more of everything, including robots.

“We are expecting many more robots than last year — so many that we are turning the LightBox's main space into a Robotics Pavilion,” said Ric Herrero, co-founder of the local nonprofit MIAMade and one of the fair organizers. There will also be two areas for young makers instead of one and two spaces featuring workshops on everything from coding and soldering to design thinking.

The Miami Mini Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, artisans, inventors, tinkerers, entrepreneurs and educators who get together to show what they make and share what they have learned in robotics, hardware hacking, 3D printing, art and crafts, urban farming, sustainability and more.

It all takes place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This year, along with the two indoor venues, organizers are closing off NW 26th Street between 3rd and 5th Avenues for a full-on arts and crafts street festival and “block party feel,” said Herrero. To buy tickets, visit makerfairemiami.com.

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