Montana State University

Inaugural MSU Maker Expo set Oct. 15

October 6, 2016


Displays and presentations that showcase campus and local innovation and ingenuity will be displayed at the inaugural MSU Maker Expo, set all day Saturday, Oct. 15, in MSU’s Shroyer Gym.   High-Res available

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The Honors College at Montana State University is spearheading a community-wide Maker Expo celebrating local inventions, problem solving and innovation from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 15, in MSU’s Shroyer Gym. The event is free and open to the public.

Organizers from the Honors College say the MSU Maker Expo will showcase collaborations between the arts, sciences, crafts and ingenuity.

“The MSU Makers Expo will range from displays of cutting-edge products to demonstrations of items as basic or traditional as how to make yarn from sheep’s wool … from 3-D printing and Pokémon to soldering,” said Lucas Graf, the project director and an instructor with the MSU Honors College.

Graf said it is hoped that the expo will become an annual event. It is patterned after similar maker events held across the country that promote innovation and creativity.

“We also aim to foster strong collaborative bonds between colleges within the academic atmosphere and diverse groups in the Bozeman community as well as the region,” said Graf, who expects more than 25 makers at the fair.

Graf said students from all colleges will participate, as well as campus groups including the MSU Maker Cats, the Blackstone Launch Pad and the College of Engineering’s Maker Space. Community innovators that will have demonstrations at the expo include the Bozeman Public Library, Simms Fishing Products, the Bozeman’s Children’s Museum, Gibson Acoustics, West Paw Design and more. For example, four makers who have invented phone applications, or apps, will be showcased, including one app for ride sharing to Bridger Bowl Ski Area.

“Those who attend are going to see things they haven’t seen before,” Graf said. “Ingenuity in all forms will be on display.”

In addition to the Honors College, the event is sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the College of Agriculture, the College of Arts and Architecture, the College of Engineering, the College of Education, Health and Human Development and Gallatin College.

For more information about the MSU Maker Expo, go to http://calendar.msu.montana.edu/events/20462.

Lucas Graf (406) 994-4110, lucas.graf@montana.edu