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Center for Games & Learning Wins Merit Award at KC Maker Faire

The Center for Games & Learning booth won a Maker of Merit award at Maker Faire KC June 27 and 28 at Kansas City's Historic Union Station. Maker Faire Kansas City celebrates things people create themselves — from new technology and electronic gizmos to urban farming and “slow-made” foods to homemade clothes, quilts and sculptures. The family-friendly event demonstrates what and how people are inventing, making and creating. It brings together Makers, Crafters, Inventors, Hackers, Scientists and Artists for a faire full of fun and inspiration.

Sponsored by Make magazine, The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, and JE Dunn among other Kansas City companies, the faire drew thousands to see realistic Iron Man suits and Dr. Who designs as well as a robotics exhibition. An entire floor of Union Station was devoted to the world of film and film making. Interactive exhibits included games and the opportunity to fly quadcopters through an obstacle course. 

MNU's Center for Games & Learning is funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. 



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Mabee Library Director Bruce Flanders (pictured), and Center for Games & Learning project directors Lauren Hays and Dr. Mark Hayes represented MNU at the event.


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