Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Garver Employees Participate in Inaugural Mini Maker Faire

Garver employees recently volunteered in North Little Rock at Arkansas’s first Mini Maker Faire, which was a one-day, family-friendly exhibition of inventions, creativity, and resourcefulness. Garver CEO and President Dan Williams chaired the event, which was hosted by the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub.

CEO and President Dan Williams with the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub's Warwick Sabin
“I find it encouraging and inspiring to see what everyday members of our community are doing in STEM-related fields not just in class or at work, but also at home in their free time,” Dan said.

Participating makers of all ages and backgrounds ranged from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to engineers to scientists to garage tinkerers.

"It's a pretty broad and diverse group of people," Warwick Sabin, executive director of the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub, told a local paper. "It's everything from science and engineering to art and crafts to education to inventors to amateur technologies.

Project Engineer Luis Cobos with Erin Hogan and her power tool-propelled drag racer
Garver has made a commitment to supporting STEM-based organizations in 2015 through GarverGives, and several employees made a conscious effort to do that by volunteering at Maker Faire.

“It’s interesting to see what people are capable of building, to see what they’re passionate about, and to allow yourself to be amazed by it,” said Richard Corbyn, Garver project engineer and Maker Faire volunteer.

Project Engineer Richard Corbyn oversees a maker's robot capable of negotiating mazes

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