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Montgomery County and the Kids International Discovery Museum will host the Silver Spring Mini Maker Faire from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Silver Spring Civic Building at the corner of Ellsworth Drive and Fenton Street.

The fair’s goal is to demonstrate creative and unusual pursuits to inspire others to explore their own curiosity and to make something new and different, according to a news release from the museum. It will feature hands-on activities and innovative projects created by inventors, hackers, crafters, artists and do-it-yourselfers.

The Mini Maker movement encourages adults and children to make things, including new inventions, tools or gadgets, that can often be completed with reusable materials or household items.

There also will be food, performances, a series of short talks from “inventors in our midst” and hands-on projects for adults and children. More than 60 activity booths will have projects ranging from young maker projects for schoolchildren to the grown-up version of invented technology from NASA. Those activities and projects will include Trebuchet Pumpkin Chunkin by Discovery Communications; 3D digitization and replicating; an edible urban garden from D.C. Central Kitchen; kinetic and wearable art; robot tic-tac-toe; model rockets by the National Association of Rocketry; and astronaut gloves and tools and a make-your-own rover/lunar buggy with NASA.

The Silver Spring Mini Maker Faire is free and open to the public. More information is at makerfairesilverspring.com.