Category Archives: Burlington Mini Maker Faire News

Makers Unite at 2016 Burlington Barnes & Noble Mini Maker Faire


Bricks were built, drones were flown, robots were programmed, crochet was made, seeds were planted, and folks had a great time at the 2nd annual Barnes & Noble Mini Maker Faire for two fun filled days in November (5th and 6th).

Community Makers Come Together

Makers from all over the area worked through Alamance Makers Guild to exhibit, demo, volunteer, and entertain at the Alamance Crossing Barnes & Noble.


Exhibitors included Alamance Makers Guild, showing off its Micro Controller Group’s Arduino powered “Big Tetris” game, STEAM Junction talking about its new Makerspace, Burlington Mini Maker Faire promoting the upcoming 2017 event (on April 22, 2017, save the date!), EV3 Robotics from Blessed Sacrament School showing off LEGO powered robots, Bricks 4 Kidz of Piedmont NC with brick builds and free play, Dudley High School Electric Vehicle Team talking about their trip to the Shell Eco Marathon, Angela Parrish with Recycled Crochet demonstrations, and Blessed Sacrament School of Burlington letting folks plant a seed and learn about what Green has to do with Making.


Attendees got to play with cutting edge STEAM toys, tools, and kits that are now being sold and supported by Barnes & Noble nation-wide. Our local Barnes & Noble also set up a book fair in the name of Alamance Makers Guild!

Thanks to attendees telling cashiers that they wanted to support the Maker Movement in Burlington with a portion of their purchases, we were able to raise $850 that will help fund some of the expenses associated with our next Maker Faire. Thank you Barnes and Noble!

Watch our 2015 video that was featured on Make Magazine to promote the nation-wide event! Link to article. See more photos of the event here.

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!