Maker Faire 2010 + Haul

Maker Faire made its way to the Bay Area (San Mateo, CA to be exact) this past weekend. I went on the first day — Saturday, May 22, 2010, and I want to share pictures with you all, including nerdy/cute/crafty stuff I hauled throughout the day. If you aren’t familiar with Maker Faire, it’s the world’s largest DIY (Do It Yourself) festival, filled with many exhibits and DIY kits that you can buy. It’s a wonderful environment for learning, being creative, and exploring arts, crafts, engineering, science, and technology. As a nerdy girl, I truly appreciate events like this and seeing those that are young (and young at heart) really getting into technology. <3

Here’s Adam Savage from the television show MythBusters — I love that show! There were many robots all over the place, such as this one that mimicked walking motion.

On the left, I’m hanging out at the lock picking booth and making a weird face after accidentally grabbing a combination lock (instead of a keyed lock) to pick. :) On the right, I’m trying to figure out how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop.

In addition to robots, gadgets, and gizmos, Maker Faire also showcases art and craft makers as well, like this gigantic knitted giraffe. There was also a cool Coke Zero and Mentos show (it’s messy, but you can definitely try yourself!).

This was one of many cool structures that were on display (this one had fire). And here’s a picture of me at the end of the day with my Maker Faire purchases.

These are all the goodies I hauled:

Herbie the Mousebot (right) is a robot kit made by Solarbotics. Once built, Herbie is a fast robot that likes to chase flashlights! This light-seeking “mouse” has sensors on its whiskers and tail. Awesome, right?! :)

If you read my Maker Faire post from my old blog, I wrote about Fat Rabbit Farm and posted pictures of a tank top I purchased at Maker Faire last year. This year I got this hot pink belt with “Babee” bunny on the buckle!

Needle felting is a craft I discovered at last year’s Maker Faire, and I’ve been a fan of it ever since. There were a lot more tools available this year, and I got these to make needle felting even more enjoyable. The picture on the right shows a nifty knit kit that has seven tools you need for knitting in one portable case as well as a bag of colorful wool roving.

While at the Bazaar Bizaare section of the Maker Faire (where all the cool indie craft goodies were at), I saw my former classmate from UC Berkeley. Her name is Rita, and she recently started Mochi Studios, where she makes and sells cute items like this Pea Pod plush! Definitely check out her stuff! :)

Be on the lookout for a Maker Faire near you! Maker Faire is a great experience for curious minds, nerds, craft lovers, and everyone in between!

1 Comment

LollyJune 9th, 2010 at 12:32 am

I love ‘Make’ magazine!
Have you ever tried circuit-bending?
Also, google ‘lego printer’- there’s a BRILLIANT vid on YouTube of a fully working printer built by a computer programmer from Lego and a felt-tip- once you’ve seen it, you’ll want to share it with everyone!

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