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Mississippi Polymer Institute Serving as Co-Sponsor for ‘Mini-Maker Faire’ Feb. 3

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The creative bent of Pine Belt artisans and do-it-yourselfers will be on display Saturday, Feb. 3 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the inaugural Hattiesburg ‘Mini-Maker Faire,’ to be held at the historic Hattiesburg Train Depot. Presented by Hub City Makers, the event will be co-sponsored by The University of Southern Mississippi’s Mississippi Polymer Institute (MPI) and School of Computing, Cooperative Energy, Makezine.com, Mississippi Defense Diversification Initiative, Multicraft and Chemours.

Hub City Makers is billing the faire as “part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors.” This event and others like it across the country is inspired by the popularity of the 2006 Maker Faire in San Francisco, which showcased the art of making, and provided interested attendees with opportunities to develop their own skills.

Anyone interested in learning about the creation process ‘behind the products,’ including, but not limited to, 3D printing, robotics, craftsmanship, and even commercial manufacturing processes, should attend, said Robert Thompson, assistant director for the MPI.

“It’s so exciting to have a Mini Maker Faire here in Hattiesburg to showcase the technical, artistic, and creative nature of our region, and provide a forum for all sorts of ‘makers’ to highlight their creations, and share with the community just how things are made,” Thompson said.

Along with Thompson, Southern Miss faculty member Anna Wan and Lamar County School District teacher Teresa Sappington are assisting in promotion of the faire.

For more information about the inaugural Hattiesburg Mini-Maker Faire, visit https://hattiesburg.makerfaire.com/about/. For information about Maker Faire worldwide, visit https://makerfaire.com. For information about MPI, visit www.thepolymerinstitute.com. Contact Thompson at robert.thompson@usm.edu.