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Maker Day Burlington, Call it a Wrap

NIKE Ajax Rocket Project + Solar Tiny House from TEVA

NIKE Ajax Rocket Project + Solar Tiny House from TEVA

Maker Day came and left so quickly. On Saturday, April 23, the Burlington Mini Maker Faire took place at the Holly Hill Mall with an estimated 4,800 attendees, more than 50 volunteers, and 97 exhibits, which represented over 300 individual makers. This was a big event in our small town of Burlington causing the Mayor and City Council to declare the 23rd of April as Maker Day in the City of Burlington.

The community came together with the participation of Burlington Recreation and Parks who exhibited a life size Plinko. The Burlington Police Department showed off its motorcycle unit, and info was available for Burlington’s new public transit, Link Transit.

Local Makers in Education

Among the many makers at the Faire, Blessed Sacrament School of Burlington presented their “Mission to Mars” exhibit which included a centerpiece of Moon Rocks from Apollo, a booth by NASA, and other astronaut artifacts. Alamance Burlington School System and The Burlington School also participated as educational Makerspaces.


ACC Maker Students

Alamance Community College were one of the first exhibitors to get set up with their HUGE exhibit at the center court which included advertising and graphic design projects that were cut on a laser cutter and promoted Burlington Mini Maker Faire.

The Faire participants came from around the state and within Burlington, including the new makerspace in downtown Burlington, STEAM Junction. Elon University was one of the sponsors and exhibitors with their Maker Hub and KickBox winners.

Burlington Makers

There was an amazing turnout from local maker businesses and organizations.

Local Maker Businesses:

Local Maker Organizations:

Too Many Makers to Mention them all!

The First Person View Drone Racing by F1FPV, sponsored by Hangar 18 Hobbies was a popular exhibit that allowed visitors to get a bit competitive and have some fun racing drones around. In addition, the Society for Creative Anachronism created an experience for visitors with their village feel, complete with professional sword fighting.

Makerspaces from around the state attended to show off member projects.

Robo Dojo robotics club at Tesseract Point

Robo Dojo robotics club at Tesseract Point

Other inspiring exhibits included Steampunk artist Brett King, Helping Hand 3D printed prosthetics, chain maille by Split Infinity Jewelry, Crankin Engines, 105th SQUAD Costuming, theater props by Eric Hart, Fusion3 3D printers, Pup in a Poke recycled plarning and so much more!

Video Coverage on Hack A Week TV

If you were unfortunate enough to have missed the event or would like to see more, Hack A Week created this video with interviews of some the exhibitors that gives a look at sampling of maker exhibitors.

Get Social with Us

This year we expanded our social media presence to create easily accessible content so if you want updates for our next Maker Faire follow our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds. Don’t forget to interact to be sure you stay updated.


LASTLY AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, we want to give a special THANK YOU to our SPONSORS who supported the community educational event, all the tireless VOLUNTEERS, inspiring EXHIBITORS, and GUESTS who donated, to make this event possible for this year and years to come. We thank everyone who came out to support the Burlington community and can’t wait to see everyone again next year!

Help Us Spread the Word!


It’s time to spread the word, so here’s our new flyer! It gives everyone a sneak peak of some of the interactive exhibits.  In addition, we love to recognize our sponsors who make the Burlington Mini Maker Faire possible.

Our event is free to the public but we do have many expenses associated with the event and donations are also accepted. We challenge visitors to bring along five dollars and decide for themselves if it was worth their donation after their experience.

Don’t miss out on this wonderful event in Burlington, North Carolina which allows individuals to interact with their community, spread ideas, learn, and MAKE. This event is where creativity and technology merge to create something worth coming out to see.

Click here or on the image above and download a PDF to help spread the word in your neck of the woods!

Moon Rocks from Apollo at the 2016 Burlington Mini Maker Faire… 1, 2, 3… Wow!



Apollo 17 Scientist-Astronaut Harrison Schmitt collects lunar samples
at Taurus-Littrow Landing Site


Last year we took attendees of the Burlington Mini Maker Faire to the edge of space. This year we’re bringing home actual moon rocks!

Thanks to the folks at Blessed Sacrament School of Burlington (a STEM School of Distinction at the Model Level) we are going to have actual lunar materials from the Apollo Missions and other historical astronaut paraphernalia on display to the public for the 2016 Burlington Mini Maker Faire.

Last year, with the help of NC Near Space Research and Alamance Makers Guild, middle school students at Blessed Sacrament School of Burlington worked on a year-long community-wide STEM project. Students designed and built tandem nearspace balloons, set up a “Mission Control” at the Maker Faire to track and coordinate the launch and recovery. They launched and recovered their payloads, achieving a maximum altitude of 89,274 feet. Parents drove chase cars, as students issued driving directions and tracked the balloons in real time thanks to GPS transponders that used HAM Radio to send signals back to the internet where real time data could be overlaid on google maps.  Learn more about this project from NC Nearspace Research.

Video highlights from the BSS Near Space Mission.

From Near Space to the Moon and Back

Not only did Blessed Sacrament School win Third Place in the Global Space Balloon Challenge for Education, but this project also helped Vice Principal and STEM Coordinator Tiffany Ehmig and Science/Engineering Instructor Victoria Sebastian with an opportunity to attend special summer-time STEM training for educators at the NASA Langley Research Center in Virginia. They successfully completed their training and as a result Blessed Sacrament School of Burlington has a license to handle these materials and display them to the public. The lunar materials displayed at the Faire will be sealed in a special clear plastic to protect them from exposure, oxidation, and handling.

Lunar Artifacts: Scientific and National History

President Kennedy’s challenge to land a man on the moon and bring him safely back to the Earth in less than a decade occurred at a time when humans only had powered flight for about fifty years! The project involved scientists, researchers, manufacturers, and every-day workers from 1000’s of communities around the US. Whole new materials were invented, computer science matured, the mathematics of orbital mechanics and trans-lunar-injection was invented, and technology was pushed to its limits. All proving that the US is a Maker Nation (long before the term “Maker” meant what it means today).

Moon Rocks and Other Inspiring Exhibits at Burlington Mini Maker Faire in 2016!

In addition to the Lunar Samples, we are proud  and excited about all the amazing exhibitors and projects that will be at the 2016 Burlington Mini Maker Faire. As of this writing we’ve had more than thirty individual exhibitors apply for spaces.

Projects range from FPV Drone Racing to a teenager who has built a Farnsworth Fusor (Fusion Reactor) to Quilters to Makerspaces to cutaway gasoline engines to 1/24th scale slot cars to theater props.

We’ll have student inventors and innovators from Elon University’s Maker Hub Makerspace, demonstrations by Alamance Community College Graphic Design Students, and K-12 Student Projects by ABSS Students. We’ll even have life-size Foosball game from the City of Burlington!

We’ll be sending acceptance e-mails to our first round of exhibitors soon and will then post a list of who is coming to the 2016 BMMF (so far). Stay Tuned for more info!

Apply to show off YOUR cool project at the Maker Faire.

The Call for Makers is live through March 31st. Anyone (non-commercial exhibitors) wishing to show off their projects at North Carolina’s largest Maker Faire can apply for free can and can learn more through our Call for Makers form.

See you all on April 23rd!