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MSU Maker Faire celebrates National Day of Making Wednesday

June 19, 2014

Five-year-old Violet Mellin looks up from the driver’s seat of a race car MSU’s Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) team developed for national competition Wednesday at Raspet Flight Research Laboratory during the Maker Faire. (Photo by Steven Nalley, SDN)

Mississippi State University had a role to play Wednesday in an initiative straight from President Barack Obama.

He issued a proclamation declaring June 18 the National Day of Making, calling on communities across the country to hold Maker Faires. First developed in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2006, Maker Faires are all-ages gatherings of technology enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, artists and other “makers” who show what they have made and what they have learned. Jane Moorhead, an instructor in electrical and computer engineering at MSU, likened Maker Faires to craft fairs for technology.

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