Mountain Maker Fest Returns to Garrett County

Last Updated on Jun 20, 2017 at 12:13pm | Garrett County Economic Development

This article is being reprinted courtesy of  the Cumberland Times-News.
 
 
The third annual Mountain Maker Fest will be held at the Garrett College Career Technology Training Center in August. The focus of this year’s event, which is free and open to the public, is on education, sharing of maker products, experiences and fun.
 
Makers are people who create, invent or make things, either low-tech or high-tech, for fun, profit or as part of a do-it-yourself project. A new component of this year’s event will involve creating the largest-ever great ball contraption in Garrett County history. Perhaps best understood by watching a video on YouTube, GBCs involve a series of channels and mechanisms with little balls that are made to travel up, down and around. This part of the program will be run by Chuck Trautwein and will involve Lego blocks, gears and other components.
 
The goal is to not only set a record but to involve participants of all ages in building the GBC setup to provide training and experience in Lego construction and the underlying concepts.
 
A variety of free and low-cost workshops, including sessions on art design, soldering and entrepreneurial thinking, will be offered as well as a Lego programming class and a mentoring class for First Lego League volunteers.
 
For more information, contact Mike Tumbarello at (301) 387-3069 or mike.tumbarello@garrettcollege.edu, or visit www.4ruralsuccess.com for a schedule.