Maker Faire Pittsburgh 2015 was a huge success! I got multiple interests in my projects and got radio interviewed once! Anyhow, Maker Faire 2016 is going to be sometime in October so, why not start planning now!
Last year I saw a lot more younger kids than I anticipated. The young ones were asking if there was anything to play with (button, keyboard, if they could start the show, etc.) So, this year I wanted to have a “hands-on” booth with toys that I used when growing up that developed the skills I have as a maker! This year I am having a Junior Maker Booth! Bellow are some of the things that are going to be at the booth. The ages are what the activity is aimed for so older kids can try younger kid toys too!
- 3-5 Year Olds will have Legos to build with.
- 6-8 Year Olds will have Snap Circuits and a MakeyMakey
- Making isnt ALL electronics, there is also an invention aspect to it. So we will have a parachute builing contest to see who can make a parachute that takes the longest to get to the ground.
- 9-10 Year Olds will have a Arduino and Raspberry Pi. The Pi will be used to learn how to code on scratch or python
- There is going to be a joystick controlled Lego Mindstorms NXT robot for fairgoers to drive.
- Special Feature – We will have a 3D Printer there printing random things
- Special Feature – There is going to be a iPad with 123D Catch on it to scan and make 3D busts of people
Here is the description used to apply to the Maker Faire:
This exhibit will have all hands-on toys for younger kids to play and tinker with! We are encouraging younger kids that they can join the maker movement too! Some cool hands-on activities include MakeyMakey, Snap Circuits, and Arduino.
We will have more advanced toys for the older kids/grownups (Raspberry Pi, Arduino, 3D Printer, etc.). For the younger kids we will have legos, snap circuits, and MakeyMakey.
The Raspberry Pi and Arduino are to teach the fundamentals of programming and tinkering. A Scratch station will teach fairgoers to make games and stories while running on a Raspberry Pi. This is a fun way to teach about something that they can access at home.
We will have a Lego Robotics demo with a Lego Mindstorms NXT robot. This robot will be a forklift that fairgoers can drive and try to pick up foam blocks.
One more thing that we will have a the Junior Maker booth is a 3D printer. We will have a basket of little makey robots for people to take home.
Making is not all electronics so, we will have a craft/experiment to have a passenger (ex. army man, lego man) in a harness and have it so it attaches to a parachute that fairgoers can make and customize. It will be a competition to see who can get the longest time (slowest descent).
The event will be held on October 15 & 16th. We hope to see you there!