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Latinos Steal the Show at Miami Inventions Fair

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    The "Maker Faire Miami" brings together more than 150 exhibitors of all ages and backgrounds, from science students to adults with far-ranging imaginations. | Photo: EFE

Published 9 April 2017
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One of the fair's organizers said he was inspired by his visit to Cuba when he saw people inventing things there out of practically nothing.

A broad spectrum of curious minds and lovers of scientific exploration are attending a fair for independent creators held in Miami that is proving to be a showcase for creativity and inventiveness with a Latin American stamp.

The "Maker Faire Miami," which will conclude Sunday, has transformed the Wolfson Campus of Miami Dade College, MDC, into a zone of experimentation, bringing together more than 150 exhibitors of all ages and backgrounds, from science students to adults with far-ranging imaginations.

The fair is a celebration of creativity and a stimulus for everyone, Miami Dade College president Eduardo Padron told EFE, alluding to the event dating back to 2006, when its first edition was held in San Francisco.

The Miami fair, which began Saturday and is expected to attract some 5,000 people during its two-day run, is a showcase for contraptions and devices that may become part of daily life in the years to come, including robots, unmanned aircraft and three-dimensional printing.

Four students of MDC Prof. Ramiro Almeida are completing a semester at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the self-driving vehicle program and are already creating full-size vehicles, he told EFE.

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