Miami is joining 30 international cities that host this huge science fair

Pablo Ricatti watches a 3D Chimera demonstration during the Miami Mini Maker Faire at Young Arts Plaza on Saturday, February 20, 2016.

A group of Miami Dade College students is spending a semester at Massachusetts Institute of Technology learning about robotics and building a self-driving car prototype.

An Ecuadorean chocolate company has created a tree-to-bar manufacturing process based on innovation, social responsibility and direct trade with certified organic farms.

The creator of Cuba’s first independent video game, Savior, is offering a sneak peek at the action game that will be released next year.

These are just some of the 150-plus makers who will be showcasing their DIY projects at Maker Faire Miami on Saturday and Sunday, at Miami Dade College’s Wolfson Campus in downtown Miami.

The family-friendly event, hosted by MDC in partnership with MANO Americas and in association with Maker Media, will feature inventions, talks and interactive exhibits in robotics, 3D printing, art, science and fashion that celebrate the growing maker movement in South Florida. With Maker Faire Miami, the city is just one of about 30 cities around the world to host large-scale Maker Faires in 2017, including Rome, Paris, Tokyo, Atlanta, New York and Shenzhen.

While MANO has hosted successful and growing Miami Mini Maker Faires the past few years, this will be larger in terms of the number of makers presenting and in attendance. Organizers are expecting more than 5,000 attendees at the festival-like Faire and MDC hopes to grow it into a yearly signature event, like the college’s book fair and film festival.

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If you go

When: Saturday, April 8 and Sunday, April 9
Where: MDC Wolfson Campus, Kyriakides Plaza, 300 NE Second Ave., Miami
Tickets: General admission is $15 Free for MDC students, faculty and staff, plus free for kids 5 and under at