Apply to Exhibit at Maker Faire!

Call for Makers!

Been working on a special project you’d love to show the world? Need a deadline to bring closure to a long-idle passion pursuit? Want to rally friends to co-create something wonderful to share? Apply now to exhibit.

Now is the time to plan, apply, and get your project gears in motion!

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Cupcake on Parade!

Cupcakes at the Pride ParadeFour months of Saturdays by a team of loyalists has produced two complete cupcake cars and two in-process. While the finished cars were on display and driven at the Mayor’s announcement of Maker Faire, they’d never been tested in a full-scale parade. Saturday’s Pride Parade with it’s torrential downpour and extended course was our big test … and we passed with flying colors! Continue reading

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Butterflies for Self-confidence and Joy

Butterfly CloseupRecently I attended my first meetup of the Makers of San Diego Central Library to learn to use the Silhouette Cameo cutting machine that they have available at the library’s Maker Lab. Subsequently I used it on my own to cut butterflies out of card stock and cellophane. However, this project was not for me but for a much more important cause.

I conduct a weekly art class with physically and/or mentally challenged elderly adults in a memory-care assisted-living home. They are very limited in what they can do and most can not even cut a straight line. The majority have Alzheimer’s or dementia and won’t remember what we did even five minutes after we finish. Continue reading

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Playing a Game of Real-life Battleship

Battle pond in action!
When Rob Wood was a young boy, he decided to read the encyclopedia. For a curious kid with an inquisitive mind, this was his idea of pre-internet fun.

When he got to “G” volume, he stopped at the word glider. He was intrigued. Young Rob convinced his dad to help him build a model glider and thus began his life-long love of model-making. His passion for his modeling eventually led him to a group that builds radio-controlled, historically accurate robotic ships that engage in simulated naval combat.  “Once I found out about it, I couldn’t get enough of it.”

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We Are Makers – A Talk

Curious about the Maker Movement and our need to make, create, tinker and experiment? Here is Dale Dougherty, the founder of Maker Magazine and one of the heralds of the Maker Movement, giving a TED talk in which he describes the importance of making and what makes us all makers.

 

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Making an Impression: Makers All Around

I thought if I tried this, it would explode.
I have three confessions to make: 1) I don’t know how to change a car tire, 2) it’s a miracle I know how to check for malware on my computer, and 3) I was exceptionally lucky to pass physics in high school (thanks, Mr. Teachworth, you really are a credit to your name). I see tinkerers and think, “It would probably explode if I tried that.”

So here I am, learning about Maker Faire and the “Maker Movement” that inspired it. Maker Faire is tricky enough to describe. Making robots? Cars? Soldering circuit boards? Making sparkly things? Who on earth am I to try and participate in all that or to try and articulate what the “Maker Movement” is?

But here’s the big secret I’m about to let you in on: we’re all makers.

We just haven’t realized it yet.

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Bike Tinkerers Wanted

We love to see bike hacks at Maker Faire. You may have seen a double decker or extended frame bike around town. Maybe at night you’ve seen bicycles lit with wondrous lights or been to an event with a wide variety of unique bikes. It’s great to see maker creativity applied to the standard two wheeler and we want to see great examples of this in Balboa Park in October.  Continue reading

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Maker Faire – Returning to San Diego!

Excited about Maker Faire? We are too! Here’s a peek at what you’ll see when the San Diego Maker Faire rolls into to Balboa Park on October 3rd and 4th.

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Close Encounter with the Giant Pod

Me and Scott fighting with tools

Ever seen a haunting, twelve-legged solar powered robot? Scott Parenteau’s “Walking Pod”, a moving geodesic dome brought from Sacramento to San Diego this past weekend, is captivating in construction and menacing in battle. Continue reading

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Learn More, Join us at a Meetup!

Learn more at Maker Faire MeetupsAfter today’s Maker Faire announcement by the Mayor we want to give you the opportunity to learn more. Over the next two weeks we’ll be holding a series of gatherings where you can meet local makers, learn more about Maker Faire and ask us questions. Check our meetup page for the latest details. Continue reading

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