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Maker Faire Is Coming to Texas. And No, It Has Nothing to Do with Ren Fest, Although That Extra "E" Did Throw Us for a Sec.

Calling all inventors! Bring your best handiwork to the Children’s Museum of Houston and let a panel decide whether your creation is worthy of inclusion in an upcoming traveling exhibit dubbed “The Woodstock for inventors.”

Maker Faire, sponsored by Make magazine, hosted a similar gathering in California this past spring attracting 45,000 people from ten countries. The next event is set for October 20 and 21 in Austin at the Travis County Fairgrounds.

This Sunday, from 1 to 5 p.m., a team from Make magazine will offer 15-minute “auditions” at the Children’s Museum of Houston for anyone interested in exhibiting their work. The team will offer input and expertise to inventors.

While the standard robot is welcome, past submissions have ranged from creative Halloween costumes to handmade jewelry “or it could be something wild like a bike with ten wheels, or a dog-powered lawn mower,” said Make magazine editor and publisher Dale Dougherty in a press release. “Whatever it is, the more creative and imaginative, the better!”

The event is free with general museum admission: $5 per person, $4 for seniors and free for kids under 2. – Todd Spivak

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