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Adelaide Mini Maker Faire 2013 in Adelaide College of the Arts (Image Supplied)


The Adelaide Mini Maker Faire is all about creativity and invention, and taking advantage of technology to do that. Every day people in Adelaide are using their ingenuity and talent to create new things, and this fair showcases the wealth of creations that are possible.

Originating in San Francisco in 2006, the first Maker Faire in Adelaide was held in 2013. Over 4,000 people came to see about 60 stands exhibiting a wide range of technology and crafts. From the more traditional skills of blacksmithing and weaving to high tech holography displays and 3D printing, people came to learn how technology has helped us to become more creative.

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Explore Tonsley TAFE and Tonsley Flinders Campus While Visiting the Maker Faire


Adelaide Mini Maker Faire 2015 is rather appropriately being held at Tonsley South Australia's new hub for innovation, education and entrepreneurship. Once the grimy remains of a disused car manufacturing plant, a new creative centre is emerging from the dust.

The former Main Assembly Building where Chrysler and Mitsubishi cars took shape is now a light filled space, enhanced and refurbished for a new life. It seems very appropriate that the Adelaide Mini Maker Faire will be the first event to showcase this space.

More than a hundred makers will display their creations with opportunities to you talk directly with the makers. Find out how to give a toaster a brain, explore the idea of community wireless connectivity, or make your own steampunk airship. There are plenty more fun things to do at this Adelaide attraction.

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The Three Little Pods Cafe at Tonsley


There are heaps of free things to do for kids and adults. A series of free workshops will let you try soldering a badge, work with Lego, learn circus skills, try hands on science projects with Mobile Science Education and Questacon, and practice spinning wool.

Listen to guest speakers from The Curiosity Show, Matt Boug (the prop maker from the Mad Max films), Fury Road (who made the Doof Doof guitar and Furiosa's hand), Rebecca Sullivan from Dirty Girl Kitchen and ten other speakers throughout the day.

Both the new Tonsley Flinders University and the Tonsley TAFE campuses will also be open to the public with fun things to see and do. It's a one-off opportunity to see how much the old Mitsubishi car factory has changed in the last year or two.

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Mini Maker Faire 2013 at Adelaide College of the Arts (Image Supplied)


Visitors will be spoilt for choice with food: the Tonsley Main Assembly Building has two food vendors, Funk Cafe and Three Little Pods Cafe to cater for your needs. As well as these a collection of food trucks including Phat Buddha Rolls, Satay Grills, Moroccan Food, Belgian Waffles will be joined by a sushi seller and a sausage sizzle.

Getting to and from the Adelaide Mini Maker Faire is simplicity itself. There's loads of car parking for Tonsley TAFE and the Tonsley Flinders campus on site. If using public transport there are regular bus services along South Road, and a rail service to Clovelly Park. Don't go to Tonsley railway station as it's not nearby.

You can learn more about the Adelaide Mini Maker Faire on their website and Facebook page. Entry is just a gold coin, so don't forget to come along to this unusual exhibition - who knows when it may be back again?
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Why? There's free things to do for all ages at the Maker Faire at Tonsley
Where: Tonsley
Cost: Gold coin admission
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