The Littlest Makers at Maker Faire

FOR A MOVEMENT THAT THE ECONOMIST magazine has declared may “herald a new industrial revolution,” there appears to be an inordinate amount of fun in the maker world, at least in the examples on view at the recent World Maker Faire 2012. Apart from the rolling cupcake-mobiles and the explosive “science” involving Diet Coke and Mentos, there were robots dancing Gangnam Style, a range of steampunk gadgetry and clothing, and a large number of—not to put too fine a point on it—toys.

Play appears to be a central value for makers, for many it may be a blast of fresh air from the spreadsheets and word processors of “adult” worklife. Get in your garage, create a robot or an autonomous helicopter, assemble a music machine that uses sunlight to generate music, put some flashing lights on your t-shirt that advertise your heartbeat. Why not?

Robot makers engineering the future at the booth of Brooklyn Robot Foundry.

In fact, of the many perspectives on fun at Maker Faire, the one from sub-four-feet was ever-intriguing, as thousands of children can attest. Brooklyn Robot Foundry was a substantial presence at Maker Faire, winning two Educator Awards, [Read more…]

Weekend To Do List: Sept. 28, 29, 30

Saturday only: Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Chili Pepper Fiesta featuring local producers The Saucey Sauce Co and Raaka Chocolate among others.

Last weekend for the Dekalb Market. Sunday’s a goodbye party.

Dumbo Arts Festival, a three-day celebration of art, music & performance.

Sunday only: Atlantic Antic, one of the original street festivals in New York City and Brooklyn. Food, craft, music. (Guaranteed to be more than just tube socks.)

Brooklyn Navy Yard, BLDG 92. Exhibitions and free tours.

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