The extraordinary Maker Faire presented by Disney was held in Queens at The New York Hall of Science this past weekend. It calls itself ”the greatest show (and tell) on earth…” celebrating innovation and creativity. This Maker Media event began in 2006 in the Bay area from interest in Make: magazine and has flourished into Mini Maker Faires, Maker camps on Google+, and online store called the Maker Shed. These events are all over the country and the world, next including Rome for October then Tokyo to complete the year.
This event highlights interests in science, education, robots, crafts, circuit boards 3D printers and more. New technologies and makers of do-it-yourself projects ruled the park to make it a wonderland of interactive robots, life sized mouse trap and high and low tech demonstrations.
Educational sharing was a big part of this event. Colleges, clubs and talented kids presented their new inventions and ideas. Glen Ridge was represented by Lara Arda, who presented her Lemon Battery Project she created in 1st grade at Forest Elementary School for a science fair. She worked with her family to create a how-to video at OurWorkShop. Lara received a visit from movie star Geena Davis, who is working with the UN to empower young women through technology and science. To top the day off, Lara received The Educators Choice Award. The family plans for to create future videos and other how to projects, so keep posted.
Seeing singing robots always brings a smile to my face. Animated from simple parts, Central Jersey Robotics Group educator Robodyssey.com inspires kids and adults to build your own enthusiastic robot with personality. They offer classes teaching basic electronics, building your own robot and even build your own 3D printer. The classes can be taught at your home and for clubs they including robotics merit badges.
RoboCupJunior, the NYC/NJ region based club, showed their robots competing in a soccer tournament and traveling through a maze. To learn more check online, to build and compete.
Cornell University showed and won an award on using held items to create visual sound. Photo of keyboard to TV. Band saw on guitar:
Crafts such as metal stamped bracelets, rubber tubed jewelry, weaving looms, were circulating with excitement.
Now that 3D printers are affordable for the home and school environments the industry is booming. You can replicate and print items such as a lost knob, build your own shoes, architectural models and products. Some of the brand makers onsite were Cubify, MakerBot and the Ultimaker.
Be inspired, try your hand as a maker and mark your calendars for next year’s event!