makerfaireThree of Connecticut's most innovative manufacturers are supporting the first Greater Hartford Mini-Maker Faire on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, at Tunxis Community College in Farmington.

Legrand, Stanley Black & Decker, and LEGO Systems, Inc. are the corporate sponsors of this first celebration of innovation produced by CBIA on behalf of the Connecticut College of Technology's Regional Center for Next Generation Manufacturing, which provided funding from the National Science Foundation.

Fifty exhibitors will participate in the free, family-friendly event, from 10 am to 5 pm at the college.

The Mini Maker Faire spotlights the ingenuity and craftsmanship of Connecticut makers of all kinds. Called the "Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth," community-based Maker Faires are taking place all over the world.

"Maker Faires inspire creativity to turn ideas into reality," said Greg Kozniewski, marketing communications manager, Electrical Wiring Systems, Legrand.

"Some of the most innovative technologies that exist today started with a small idea that was further developedand many became accepted as part of our daily lives. We're very excited to support that type of thinking in Connecticut."

Among the innovative types of projects to be showcased at the Greater Hartford Mini-Maker Faire will be robotics, 3D printing, musical instruments, wearable art, radios, paper creations, mobility resources, mosquito-fighting devices, and many more ingenious inventions.

"We are happy to play a role in bringing the Maker Faire movement to Hartford," said Tim Perra, vice president, communications for Stanley Black & Decker.

"This initiative is inspiring and we're excited to help encourage the next generation of makers and inventors."

Maker Faire attendees will be encouraged to participate in at least some part of the making process themselves at many of the exhibits.

LEGO Systems will invite makers of all ages to build a custom LEGO creation and then place it within a brick-built map of the state of Connecticut.

"By encouraging Maker Faire attendees to participate in this communal LEGO build, we hope to demonstrate how easy it is to be a maker and to explore their inner inventor all through the hands-on fun of LEGO play," said Michael McNally, senior director, brand relations for LEGO Systems.

"We are thrilled to support the community surrounding our company's U.S. headquarters and the makers of Connecticut with this building experience at the inaugural Greater Hartford Mini-Maker Faire."

"Maker Faires are sparking a renewal of interest all over the world in the joy of making things both for fun and to meet needs," says Karen Wosczyna-Birch, executive director of Connecticut's College of Technology and the Regional Center for Next Generation Manufacturing.

"We believe that the first Greater Hartford Mini Maker Faire will help encourage a new generation of talented and creative manufacturers in Connecticut."

To register or volunteer, and for more information, visit greaterhartfordmakerfaire.com. (Attendance is free, but registering will help event planners gauge how many people are coming and enable them to plan exhibits and interactive displays with enough materials for everyone to take part and enjoy.)

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CBIA is Connecticut's largest business organization, with 10,000 member companies. For more information, please contact Joe Budd (860.244.1951; joe,budd@cbia.com) or visit the CBIA Newsroom.

About Legrand

Legrand is the world specialist in products and systems for electrical installations and information networks, offering solutions for use in residential, commercial and industrial buildings. Legrand is building upon a legacy of providing smart solutions to customer needs. For over a century, products like Wiremold raceway and Pass & Seymour wiring devices have served customers, installers and channel partners alike.

About Stanley Black & Decker

Stanley Black & Decker is a world-leading provider of tools and storage, commercial electronic security and engineered fastening systems, with unique growth platforms and a track record of sustained profitable growth. Since 1843, its goal has been simple: provide tools and solutions that make life easier.

About LEGO Systems, Inc.

LEGO Systems, Inc. is the North American division of The LEGO Group, a privately held, family-owned company with headquarters in Billund, Denmark, and main offices in Enfield, USA, London, UK., Shanghai, China, and Singapore. Founded in 1932 by Ole Kirk Kristiansen, and based on the iconic LEGO brick, it is one of the world's leading manufacturers of play materials. LEGO products are sold worldwide and can be virtually explored at LEGO.com.

About the Connecticut College of Technology's Regional Center for Next Generation Manufacturing

RCNGM addresses the need for highly skilled workers in the manufacturing workplace by constructing programs that provide resources to educators and students interested in learning new technologies in manufacturing. The center is funded in part through a grant from the National Science Foundation Advanced Technology Education program.