Whether you build websites or bookshelves, life is all about creating — and we all get a special feeling when we make something great. Saturday, Sept. 15, and Sunday, Sept. 16, Portland Mini Maker Faire brings its do-it-yourself spirit to OMSI, where homemade innovations will be put on display, explained, dissected and sold. A mobile, miniature version of the epic Maker Faire that got its start in San Mateo, Calif., seven years ago, this family-friendly event inspires, informs and entertains with creative applications of technology, from burrito-building robots to DeLorean hovercrafts. (Really.) And though this event travels from city to city, each one is different, because the demonstrations come from dedicated local hobbyists who bring their projects not just to show off their chops, but also to share their passion with like-minded tinkerers.
Along with interactive exhibits, the Mini Maker Faire features an Innovation Stage that showcases projects impacting the community, and a marketplace where Commercial Makers can pedal their wares. So, while you might not have enough ambition to build a clock from a cathode ray tube, or an AM radio housed in a beer bottle, you can probably pick one up from the show’s enterprising innovators — or at least glean some inspiration from them. Advance tickets are available, and attendees can also save half off admission to OMSI, where eureka-moments abound, and great ideas are explained in full detail.