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2nd annual Maker Faire Lake County calls for innovators

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Feb 08, 2022

Creative minds return to College of Lake County’s Grayslake Campus on Saturday, April 9 for the 2nd annual Maker Faire Lake County, a show-and-tell for innovative designers, creators, builders and tinkerers. 

Student working in the Baxter LabTo apply to be a Maker at the event, register for free by March 18 at 

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 also showcases CLC’s home for makers, the Baxter Innovation Lab, which opened in 2018. 

Innovations can be hobbies, experiments or projects, ranging from human-powered machines and 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 can also be digital fabrication, including 3D printing, computerized numerical control programming and laser technology. 

Prior to Maker Fair is Make-a-Thon on Saturday, March 12. This one-day coding workshop is for makers grade 5 to adults ending with a team competition. Mentoring and technical assistance will be provided by CLC engineering interns. All the Make-a-Thon projects will be showcased at Maker Faire Lake County where attendees will vote on winners. Visit for more information and to register. 

The Lake County Robotics Competition for students grade 7-12 will also take place at Maker Faire Lake County. Visit for more information, and to register, email Rob Twardock at 

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 

One the same day as Maker Faire, CLC is hosting an open house at all three campuses from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

About College of Lake County

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. 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.