Third Annual Mountain Maker Fest Striving for Record!

The third annual Mountain maker fest will be held at the Garrett College Career Technology Training Center (CTTC) building in Accident the morning of Saturday, August 12.  This event is a celebration of the international maker movement that celebrates and enables those that create things for profit or for the sheer joy of making something themselves.  Makers include artists, woodworkers, foodies, craftspeople, technologists, Lego enthusiasts, tinkerers, inventors, scientists, metalworkers, DIYers and those that recycle common household articles into new designs.

One relatively new component of the international maker movement is the coming together of makers of all ages, backgrounds and interests to create, on-the-fly, a Great Ball Contraption.  Great Ball Contraptions, or GBCs as they are known among enthusiasts, are devices that use Legos, mini soccer or basketballs and other components to depict or accomplish a certain task, usually involving moving the balls through a series of gates, slides, lifts, stairs, etc.  Some have compared the GBC to a Rube Goldberg-type of device that allows a group of individuals to come together without pre-planning to build a working contraption. In addition to having fun, participants of all ages come together to learn, experience, brainstorm, share ideas and learn teamwork and other skills.

This attempt to create the biggest GBC in Garrett County’s history will be led by Chuck Trautwein, Lego guru, educator and coach of the county’s award winning FIRST Robotics Team 1629. General admission to the Mountain Maker Fest is free, with charges for some of the workshops being offered in the morning.  One addition to this year’s Fest is a Maker Meet-Up “happy hour” to be held at Smiley’s restaurant from 12:30-2 p.m.  Free pizza and soft drinks will be provided at the Meet-Up, which is sponsored by and will feature discussion driven by the Pittsburg Technology Council.

Admission to the GBC event is free and is open to all.  Some of the workshops have fees associated with them and require registration.  The Maker Meet Up at Smiley’s is free with pizza provided and requires registration on event-brite (limited to the first 50 registrants).  See the separate article and advertisement in this edition, and go to for more information.
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