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Exploration Place, Wichita Library Partner on Maker Faire Wichita

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​Exploration Place and the Advanced Learning Library are partnering to bring the Maker Faire back to Wichita on Saturday, Aug. 26.

Maker Faire is a family friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, as well as a celebration of the maker movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making and share what they are learning. Makers can be tech enthusiasts, crafters, homesteaders, scientists and garage tinkerers.

Maker Faire Wichita last took place in 2019. This year, the event will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at both Exploration Place and the Advanced Learning Library, with activities taking place both indoors and outdoors at both locations. Admission is free.

“We are really pleased to be collaborating on Maker Faire with the Advanced Learning Library,” said Adam Smith, Exploration Place’s president and CEO. “Curiosity and learning are at the heart of both of our organizations, and this is a great way for us to take advantage of our proximity to each other.”

“Partnerships can often create magic experiences,” said Jaime Nix, Wichita Public Library director. “Wichita Public Library aims to help residents connect, discover, learn and thrive in limitless ways, and we are excited to collaborate with Exploration Place to offer an extraordinary day where no one will walk away without learning something new.”

Activities at Exploration Place include:

  • A Tinker Zone and Robotics Zone featuring more than 30 makers
  • Drone demos  
  • Pixel chalk mural art
  • Bicycle demos
  • Water bottle rockets and bubble shape printer
  • Woodworking and injection mold demos
  • Food trucks

Activities at the Advanced Learning Library include:

  • Touch a Truck Zone
  • 3D printing demos
  • Arts Zone featuring more than 20 makers
  • Musical performances
  • Screen printing (for a fee)
  • Book sale

The mission of Exploration Place, Kansas’ premier science center, is to inspire a deeper interest in science and technology through creative and fun experiences for all. Exploration Place is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and through 8 p.m. on Thursday evenings. For more information, visit

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