Technology

Kansas City Maker Faire Is the Ultimate Show-and-Tell

June 28th and 29th, Union Station

If you think show-and-tell was best suited for showing off your pet fish to your second-grade classmates, the 4th Annual Kansas City Maker Faire—the region’s largest festival of innovation and creativity—will change that. Head over to Union Station on June 28-29 for a glimpse at new technologies, electronic gizmos, arts and crafts, and some of the best locally made goods KC has to offer. Guided by the staff of Maker Faire and MAKE Magazine—and coming off of a 13,000-person crowd at last year’s event—the weekend festival brings together crafters, inventors, scientists, artists and more.

“Makers are the idea people of the future,” says Nancy Besa, owner of Besa Public Relations, who counts Union Station as one of her clients. “They are the entrepreneurs who will diversify Kansas City businesses and invigorate the economic future of our community.” In addition to speakers and panelists—including keynote speaker Dale Dougherty, CEO of Maker Media and the father of Maker Faire—the festival will feature numerous makers, including some fellow Kansas Citians. Witness a shower of exploding soda with Coke and Mentos, experience a Lowrider car show and competition, check out a 3-D printed car and hit up the KC food truck rally and a BBQ competition.

The Coke + Mentos demonstration never fails to impress. Will it happen again at the 2014 Kansas City Maker Faire? Here’s hoping.

“As you walk through this wild, colorful and creative festival, you will literally be drop-jawed,” Besa says. “Giant robots. Amazing creations. Creative recycling and upcycling ideas that makers will actually share and teach you how to do. You and your family will leave energized and full of great ideas.” There are countless ways for you to enjoy Maker Faire Kansas City and be inspired to start building your own creations. General admission rates are $12 for an adult day pass or $19.50 for an adult weekend pass. Youth (ages 3-12), military and seniors (55+) are eligible for a discount with day passes available for $9 and weekend passes for $14.50. Union Station members can get in for the day for only $5. Bring a family of four for $55 for the weekend or $35 for the day. Tickets are available at the Union Station box office.

Keep up with everything Maker Faire Kansas City has to offer by following @makerfairekc on Twitter, liking Maker Faire KC on Facebook and using #MakerFaireKC to join the conversation. For more information, visit www.makerfairekc.com. —Nicolette Martin