first-robotics-competitionIf you’re the kind of person who does a “happy dance” in her chair upon reading the words “Human-Sized Rock’em Sock’em Robots,” then, boy, do we have good news for you. Louisville’s Mini Maker Faire has released plans for the event, and it is loaded with cool nerdy fun.

On Sept. 19, makers, inventors, tinkerers, DIYers, hobbyists, creators and artists from across the region will gather on the 700-800 blocks of Main Street for a day-long celebration of hands-on learning and making.

The event will feature aerial drones and a ton of robots. You can participate in the Triple Crown Power Tools Drag Racing Series where you modify and race various power tools (there’s a $25 fee to enter this). Lucas Dennison, a 9-year-old maker from Falmouth, Ky., will be on hand to discuss how he and his father learned how to use 3-D printing technology to print Lucas a prosthetic hand.

New to the Maker Faire is a speaker series: You can hear from IdeaFestival and Space Tango founder Kris Kimmel; Code Louisville and Durham labs will teach pop-up coding classes; the Louisville Collegiate School will send someone to speak about integrating the maker movement into schools; and more.

Other cool stuff planned:

● G­Force, a 130-foot wheeled sled you can ride, accelerating up to 2Gs
● Human Size Rock’em Sock’em Robots
● Collegiate Nerdy Derby – “No rules” Pinewood Derby – Make and Race a Car Yourself
● FIRST and VEX Robotics: ­Visitors can drive robots and see real teams in action
● 3D Printer Zoo – everything from a 16-foot behemoth to affordable education models
● River City Rocketry’s 12-foot tall, high­-powered rocket
● Maker Mobile ­32-foot trailer with CNC router, laser cutter, 3D printers
● GameDevLou -­ indie video games playable on­site
● KY Science Center -­ $5 admission and special maker activities
● KCD Kid Area ­- squishy circuits, catapult­-making, young makers and more
● Boat building competition hosted by Frazier History Museum
● Learn to solder stations
● Many of Louisville’s favorite food trucks

“Maker Faire is called the Greatest Show & Tell on Earth for good reason,” Nelea Absher, chair of the 2015 Louisville Faire, said in a press release. “There is literally something for everyone. Louisville has fully embraced the Maker Movement and it’s a strong reflection of the energy our community has for creating, sharing and learning while having fun. There’s nothing else like it and we’re expecting another record­-breaking weekend!”

Also new this year is a food truck village featuring craft beer and locally made wines. The trucks include: Boo Boo’s Smoke Shack, The Dessert Truck, Zoom Zoom Yum, Comfy Cow, and Ramiro’s Cantina.

The event runs from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. on the 700-800 blocks of W. Main Street. The Faire is free. More information here.

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