Sunday, September 18, 2011

Maker Faire (Queens): NY Hall of Science

Musical, Fire-breathing, Jungle Gym for Kids Young and Old
I'm planning to attend the Second Annual Maker Faire in New York City today, the second/last day of the fair.  I purchased tickets at my designated local Radio Shack to get a bonus $5 off from the ticket price, but I had to educate the sales people who had no knowledge of the fair and tried to sell me the wrong tickets (student rather than adult for the the adult price).

I'll add more to this posting when I get back from the fair, but I wanted to put up this posting early so folks with time today could attend this last day of the fair (rather than wait until next year).  I'm excited to see all of the new inventions, crafts, and whatnots.  Be back soon!

The Maker Faire was absolutely amazing and had something of interest for everyone!  There were high tech booths where visitors could wait in line and make gadgets like flash lights and electronic sequence games like Simon.  There were also awe inspiring displays that demonstrated 3D automated carvings and plasticized sculpture (see the cathedral sample sculpture at right).  I also thought that the robotics areas were pretty cool, and although I didn't get a chance to try it out, the remote control motor bots (see left) seemed like they would be lots of fun.  For tech aficionados this fair is a little nirvana.

ASIDE: I wonder if re-naming this "Innovation Faire" wouldn't better attract all the people who would love this event.

There were great crafting stations and Etsy-like handmade crafts (jewelry by the likes of (see Jenine blowing glass for incredibly colorful and unique glass jewelry at right--last year she was featured on the Martha Stewart Show after the fair) and Jantar, paper-made gift by, wood working art, etc.) for sale in the middle part of the grounds.  I loved the buttons crafting area by (see my headband craft at left) as well as the diverse demonstrations that were scheduled every hour and sponsored by (I won a fantastic book/magazine called "Craft: Transforming Traditional Crafts" in a raffle after the paper crafting session led by Tiffany Threadgould).  

HINT: Be sure to get your liability waiver bracelets if you want to participate in more dangerous activities like glass blowing with instructor, Kim Fraczek (which I loved) or swinging through water sprayers (which I passed on).

There were also a steady stream of performance artists at the various stages sprinkled inside and outside of the New York Hall of Science.  My favorite was "ArcAttack!" (recently featured on a TV competition show), and some liked the theatrical "Life-Sized Mousetrap" (human sized sequential mouse trap similar to the board game).  The Volvo decorated with singing lobsters and bass fish, "Sashimi Tabernacle Choir," made me laugh out loud (see left).

I also stood in line to get my 1 minute matchbook portrait drawn by 0H10M1ke (see below right)--very cool.

I will definitely be back next year.  And now that I know how much is available (it can be overwhelming if you are not organized and plot out your day) I will make sure I am better prepared to schedule my attendance at my favorite events, performances, demonstrations, etc.

Check on the Maker Faire toward the beginning of September next year.  You won't regret it.

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