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Call for Makers open for 3rd annual Maker Fair Lake County

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Feb 09, 2023

Innovators and creative minds are invited to show their skills during the 3rd annual Maker Faire Lake County on Saturday, April 15 at College of Lake County’s (CLC) Grayslake Campus.

A child and parent at Maker FaireTo apply to be a Maker, register for free at 

Maker Faire celebrates the multifaceted fields of making, perfect for everyone 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. The event is free and open to the public.

Innovations can be hobbies, experiments or projects, ranging from human-powered machines and drones to wearables and e-textiles. Showcase items from your organization, after-school program, club, scout group or start up. The attendees will delight in seeing technology such as 3D printing, computerized numerical control programming, and laser cutting. Or consider items where the attendees can become makers too with projects including interactive art and technology; kites; puppets; robotics; rockets; or sustainability.

Prior to Maker Faire is Make-a-Thon on Saturday, March 11 at CLC’s Advanced Technology Center (ATC). This one-day coding and rapid prototyping 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 the winners. Visit for more information and to register.

The final for the Lake County Robotics season, 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 accepted until March 18. For more information, including how to answer the Call for Makers, visit or email

On the same day, CLC is also hosting open houses at all three campuses and the ATC as well as the Green Living Fair at the University Center on the Grayslake Campus.

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 in 2019 and is a national leader in many areas, including campus internationalization, sustainability and conservation.