Friday, September 5, 2014

Mini Makers Faire at the Science Center of Iowa

 On Labor Day we attended the Mini Makers Faire at the Science Center in Des Moines.  It was awesome.

Going into the Faire I had no idea what to expect.  Here's a little background on the Maker Faire...

Maker Faire is a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness. It's a community-based learning event that inspires everyone to become a maker and connect to people and projects in their local community. At Maker Faire, you'll find arts and crafts, science and engineering, food and music, fire and water - but what makes this event special is that all these interesting projects and smart, creative people come together.

Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers. They are of all ages and backgrounds. The aim of Maker Faire is to entertain, inform, connect and grow this community.

The first thing we saw when we walked up were gas powered cars that had been transformed into electric cars.

The kids (and Will) got to test their skills with virtual reality welding.

Who doesn't love R2 D2?
The robots below were able to move around and pick up and toss the blue ball.  The robot went around tossing the ball to kids who were standing there paying attention.  It was really cool.

 What event isn't made better with some balloon art!

This was one of the coolest things I saw.  A 3D printer.  I think it is just totally amazing.  I could have just sat and watched it all day.

 The kids had a great time creating different sounds, pitches, and music using circuits, plugs and switches.

 We had a great time and saw lots of really, really cool stuff.  The kids said we absolutely HAVE to go to another one.

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