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Join the Maker Movement as Maker Faire UK marches back to Newcastle

Love science? Love invention? Crafting? DIY? Then join the world-wide Maker Movement and sign up for Maker Faire UK.

The world-famous 2-day event will return to Newcastle’s Life Science Centre on 25 & 26 April 2015 and everyone - from roboteers and engineers to crafters, hackers and garden shed inventors - is invited to take part.

Maker Faire is a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the world-wide Maker movement. A place where people show what they are making and share what they are learning, helping a curious public understand how science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) shapes the world around them.

The event at Life will be the UK’s official Maker Faire and is set to attract Makers from across the world keen to present their interactive projects alongside performances, installations and workshops to an anticipated audience of over 10,000 visitors.

Announcing the ‘Call for Makers’, Linda Conlon, Chief Executive at Life, said: “We’re looking for amazing work of all kinds and from makers of all ages - anyone who is embracing the do-it-yourself spirit and wants to share and show their incredible inventions, hobbies, products, and DIY mentality with an appreciative audience. Previous years’ events have seen everything from car-crushing robots and fire-breathing mechanical horses to home-built computer games and crafts. Anyone can get involved - whatever it is you make, come and share it with us at Maker Faire UK.”

Having originated in the US as a platform for tech enthusiasts, crafters, scientists and garage tinkerers to show examples of their work and interact with others about it, Maker Faires are now popular across the world.

To participate in Maker Faire UK, Makers need to submit their plans for a project at Makers may submit their entry as a maker, performer, speaker, or sponsor. Applications are open to individuals, groups, schools and other organisations. Deadline for submissions is Midnight, Sunday 25 January 2015. 

Maker Faire UK is presented by Life with support from Northumbria University.


Notes to editors:

To view video footage of previous Maker Faire UK 2014, see

About Maker Faire: Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. All of these “makers” come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned.

Maker Faire was first introduced in the US in 2006 by Make Magazine co-founder Dale Dougherty in a bid to capitalise on an evident appetite from the public for ‘making’ things. Receiving an overwhelming response, the festival quickly gained traction and spread around the world, arriving at the Centre for Life, for its UK debut, in 2009.

Maker Faire is primarily designed to be forward-looking, showcasing makers who are exploring new forms and new technologies. But it’s not just for the novel in technical fields; Maker Faire features innovation and experimentation across the spectrum of science, engineering, art, performance and craft.

Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. It’s a venue for makers to show examples of their work and interact with others about it. Many makers say they have no other place to share what they do. DIY (Do-It-Yourself) is often invisible in our communities, taking place in shops, garages and on kitchen tables. It’s typically out of the spotlight of traditional art or science or craft events. Maker Faire makes visible these projects and ideas that we don’t encounter every day.

Maker Faire is brought to you by Maker Media. Maker Media publishes MAKE magazine, produces Maker Faire, and offers DIY electronics, tools, kits, and books through its online and pop-up Maker Shed stores.

About Life: 
The Centre for Life delivers the region's largest programme of science engagement activities and is the biggest investor in science engagement provision within the North East of England. Life’s mission is to ignite and nurture a curiosity in everyone for science, technology, engineering and maths and to encourage the next generation of STEM professionals. Its annual programme of exciting exhibitions, events and hands-on science activities for all ages is developed by leading science communication professionals and delivered by ‘science explainers’, graduates trained in science communication. Life is the largest provider of school science workshops in any European museum or science centre, providing over 40,000 educational experiences to school students every year.

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