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Vermont Hackers, Artists and Inventors are Sharing Ideas — and Solving Problems 

click to enlarge STEVE WEIGL
  • STEVE WEIGL

Originally published July 3, 2012

Excerpt: Vermont’s “makers” — a term that originated in the early 2000s, meaning any amateur or professional inventor of physical objects — are farmers, programmers, artists, educators and kids.

Thanks to the formation of Vermont Makers; the unveiling of the University of Vermont’s new fabrication laboratory, or “fab lab”; and the announcement of the first Champlain Maker Faire in September, the state’s makers have been emerging, sharing ideas, collaborating on projects and developing physical spaces where they can work together.

“The maker movement is really about taking back control of our consumerism, being more thoughtful about our relationship to the things that we use,” says Ken Howell, the interim director of Champlain College’s MFA in Emergent Media.

Seven Days peered into the Burlington area’s wild and woolly maker scene, which seems to be growing exponentially — just like the technology that fuels it.

The fourth Champlain Mini Maker Faire takes place Saturday and Sunday, September 26 and 27, at Shelburne Farms.

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Megan James began writing for Seven Days in 2010, first as Associate Arts Editor. She later became an editor for Seven Days' monthly parenting magazine, Kids VT, and is currently a freelance contributor.

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