At Evanston's , you can have your photo taken by a robot photographer, learn how to brew beer at home and watch 30 children's electric cars compete for first place.
Hosted by the and Pumping Station:One, the two-day fair showcases the work of local inventors and entrepreneurs and includes lessons and demonstrations related to applied science, technology, engineering and math.
"Everyone is a maker, whether you like to cook, or use power tools, sew, program computers, use 3D printers and laser cutters, or just like to work with your hands," the fair's website reads. "Evanston Mini Maker Faire will be a day of Awesome, where Art, Technology, education and a little bit of theatre meet."
More than 250 vendors and presenters are signed up for the fair, which takes place at the , 1818 Maple Ave. Among the exhibitors are Chute Middle School student Emma Milner-Gorvine, who will be selling handmade barrettes to help send girls to school in Cambodia, and Sacha d'Angeli, inventor of "Photoboop," a robot photobooth.
Highlights include beer brewing lectures from the Evanston Homebrew Club, a live performance by the experimental electronic music group Roth Mobot and several competitions for electric race cars built for children, led by former U.S. senator Carol Mosely Braun.
The show runs from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4., and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5. Tickets can be purchased on the Mini Maker Faire website.