17-year-old to present life-size R2D2 from Star Wars

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – 17-year-old Alexandra Forsythe is presenting a life-sized R2D2, from the Star Wars franchise at Barnes and Noble (Glenbrook).

Forsythe with the R2D2.
Forsythe with the R2D2.

Forsythe is presenting the astromech droid, and friend to Luke Skywalker, as part of the Mini Maker Faire which runs on Saturday and Sunday. Forsythe will present from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Forsythe is a homeschooled high school junior and currently enrolled in dual-credit college courses for a Bachelor’s of Electrical Engineering at three area universities. She began building the R2D2 a year ago after joining the R2 Builder’s Club at the Sci-Fi Central event at Science Central. Members of the club helped her track down the components to build the droid, while her father taught her how to design her own circuit boards.

Other local makers who specialize in fiber arts (such as fabric or yarn), jewelry smithing, and paper bead making will also present at the event. There will also be demonstrations of coding and programming, drones, 3D printing, raspberry Pi circuity (credit card sized computers), virtual reality glasses, and pen-invent technology.

For more information about the event, visit Barnes and Noble at Glenbrook Mall.