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Innovators wanted for April 25 Maker Faire Lake County

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Feb 11, 2020

The first Maker Faire Lake County, a show-and-tell for innovative designers, creators, builders and tinkerers, takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 25 at the College of Lake County’s Grayslake Campus. To apply to be a Maker at the event, register for free by March 20 at

The Maker Faire celebrates the multifaceted fields of making, perfect for creative children and adults in Lake County—from engineers to scientists to crafters. The event Photo of 3D printer in Baxter Innovation Labalso showcases CLC’s home for makers, the Baxter Innovation Lab, which opened in 2018.

Photo: A CLC engineering student, left, explains 3D printing technology to visitors in the Baxter Innovation Lab on the Grayslake Campus. The lab will be open for the  April 25 Maker Faire Lake County.

Looking for ideas or exhibits to display? Innovations can be hobbies, experiments or projects, ranging from human-powered machines to drones to wearables and e-textiles.Other ideas can come from the following areas: science, biology and chemistry projects; electric vehicles; interactive art and technology; kites; puppets; robotics; rockets; or sustainability and green technology. Ideas also can come from digital fabrication, including 3D printing, computerized numerical control (CNC) programming and laser technology.

Photo of students launching a used pumpkin with a homemade catapult.

Maker Faire Lake County is part of the college’s inaugural Maker Week April 18-25. Events include the 4H Robotics Showcase as well as the Lake County Robotics Competition finals, Big Idea, Jr competition and a Rube Goldberg Challenge.

Photo: CLC students in two campus clubs, Engineering as well as Sustainability, took recycling pumpkins to new heights in 2019 with a custom-built, trebuchet catapult on the Grayslake Campus.


Maker Faire applications will be reviewed by a committee and all applicants will be notified of approval. For more information, including how to answer the Call for Makers, visit the above website or email


About College of Lake County:

The College of Lake County is a comprehensive community college committed to equitable high-quality education, cultural enrichment and partnerships to advance the diverse communities it serves in northeastern Illinois. Offered at three campuses in Grayslake, Vernon Hills and Waukegan or online, college classes are affordable and accessible to help each student achieve academic, career and personal goals. More than 70,000 students graduated with degrees and certificates since the college opened in 1969. The College of Lake County is the only higher-education institution ranked among the top 15 best places to work in Illinois by Forbes and is a national leader in many areas, including sustainability and conservation.