This post is written by Casey McCarty of the Columbus Idea Foundry. You can follow the Columbus Idea Foundry on Twitter @ColumbusiF .

On Sept. 29, the Columbus Idea Foundry will be hosting Columbus’ inaugural Mini Maker Faire - a celebration of creativity in design, technology, science, art and craft. More than 50 exhibitors from Central Ohio will converge at COSI to demonstrate their latest innovations appealing to patrons of the arts and technophiles alike. Attendees can engage in special events such as the 4th annual Ohio Power Tool Racing Championship, a special demonstration of next-gen alternative energy with the Inhaler Project--hand-fabricated electric hot rod and motorcycle concepts, Mark Bergman (the Bug Man) will get guests up close and personal with insects on the big screen, free hands-on make-and-take recycle art demonstrations, and more.

Mini Makers Faire

The regional Mini Maker Fairs are offshoots of Make: Magazine’s world Maker Faire concept, and this inaugural event will be Columbus’ first, and one of idUS ’ bicentennial design & technology events this season. The event runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at COSI. Outdoor portions of the event are free and mere feet from the Riverfront Arts Festival; tickets are required for indoor attractions, available at the door or discounted advanced sale online. Please visit for more information and to order.

The Columbus Idea Foundry prides itself for being at the intersection of technology and education with a simple mission of teaching individuals who want to learn and offering tool access to those who want to build. From high-tech equipment such as a laser cutter and engraver, CNC ShopBot, 3-dimensional printer, to conventional woodshop and metal foundry tools, and the classes to go with them, the Columbus Idea Foundry is democratizing design in central Ohio. Visit for more information about our classes and facility; we are located at 1158 Corrugated Way, Columbus, and open to the public during posted hours.