Tinkerers and Crafters-Get to Maker Faire Sunday!
What is Maker Faire you ask? It’s actually hard to fully describe it. Sure, there are tons of do-it-yourself robot competitions, workshops and kits and 3-d printers galore, but this isn’t strictly a faire for geeks and techies. Basically it’s a place for all ages, kids and adults to go and learn about everything from crafting and up-cycling, creating art from recycled materials and a lot of ingenuity and electronics of all kinds. Where else can you learn to make a tub of grass play music?
I spent the better part of the day there on Saturday and I saw:
- A dramatic dragon sculpture you can ride
- A fire breathing Pegasus on wheels
- A race of up-cycled kids toy cars
- Crafting from making tie-dyed t-shirts to jewelry, scrapbooking, knitting and tapigami.
- Robot wars
- A number of flying drones, one even had a facial recognition scanner (scary!)
- Do it yourself kits to build computers, robots and 3-d printers
- Kids creating their own rockets, computers and making music
- Kids and adults alike playing like kids in a candy store.
There is so much to do here plan to spend some time. Many of the exhibits are hands on. You can really play with the toys and learn.
I highly recommend taking Caltrain to the Hillsdale station. From there it’s a short walk to Maker Faire. If you absolutely must drive I saw lots of parking at the Caltrain lot, but anywhere else within a mile of the event is nearly impossible and the traffic was quite heavy coming in.
When and where?
Maker Faire is at the San Mateo Event Center Saturday May 17 10AM-8 PM and Sunday 10AM-6PM.
Maker Faire is brought to you by Maker Media. Maker Media publishes MAKE magazine, produces Maker Faire, and offers DIY electronics, tools, kits, and books through its online and pop-up Maker Shed stores.