Monday, May 19, 2014

Maker Faire 2014

As usual, we had a great time at Maker Faire. This was our third time attending the big Bay Area Maker Faire. Taking the Caltrain and wearing good sun hats helped the event go smoothly for us. This year, we stayed from about 11:30 AM - 5:30 PM. Even though we could not see the entire event during that time, we still saw lots of neat stuff. I think that we also saw lots of different things from last year.

One of our first stops was to see the robots made by Pasadena City College students from their engineering club. There was a walking robot made from cardboard.

John is standing in a 100 square foot space that can be built in only 4 hours.

It's bikes to pull the dog sled.

Alex made his own rocket with John's help and launched it 3 times.

John and Alex made a magin wand at the Intel booth.

Alex made a circuit with some magnetic tiles.

The robots squirting water were a hit.

And then there was the scary clown robot...

Ice cream time!

The light-up water fountain was really cool.

Alex really liked all of the hands-on booths.

Towards the end of our day, Alex played with Legos and we found some chairs to sit down.

I managed to find a new craft product. Cricut just came out with the new Explore electronic cutter that cuts everything from paper to fabric to balsa wood. It does not need cartridges with is a benefit in my opinion. It will cut SVG files, which I have on the My Digital Studio software or you can design your own things to cut.

There are Maker Faire events all over the world and they are so fun! We attended our first Maker Faire in Austin, Texas before Alex was born.