Written by: Kristin Goedert
Photos & Graphics courtesy of the Maker Faire
When: May 19, May 20, & May 21, 2017
Where: San Mateo County Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo, CA 94403
Learn More: http://makerfaire.com/bay-area/
Where can you see a 12-ton 16-foot-tall robot, ride a Big Ant, check out a Life-Size Mousetrap, try a tall bike and get in some Scratch coding all in the same afternoon? The Maker Faire!
Part science, part county fair, and all fun, the Maker Faire is an annual event that focuses on science, engineering, art, performance and craft- bringing together “Makers” from around the world to show their innovative works and share their knowledge.
Some things to check out:
The Exploratorium Light Play +
Be a part of a collaborative art installation! Play with light, shadows, and motion using simple materials and light sources to create your own kinetic vignette, and add Scratch programming to take it up a notch!
Check out the 12-ton, 16-foot tall piloted robot, designed with cutting-edge robotics technology to fight other robots in epic-scale arena combat. Imagine that robot battle!
Cyclecide sees the bicycle as a malleable machine that can be altered and transformed for the sake of fun, and uses bikes as a medium for expressing their interests in art, music, and performance. They will have of all kinds to ride- the Bike Ccyclorral, tall bikes, choppers, sidecar bikes, bumper bikes, swing bikes, shriner bikes, altered kids trics, the 32-foot-high Axe-Grinder, the Cyclo-fuge, the Whirl-n-Hurl, the Kiddie Carousel, and more!!
The Big Ant
What could be better than a Big Ant that you can ride on? The Big Ant comes from the magical but very real place of De L’île Nantes and Les Machines- all of the way from Nantes, France.
(and by the way, if you are ever in Nantes, France, you can visit the Les Machines de l’île workshop where you can befriend a huge mechanical spider, the Grand Éléphant, and lots more!)
The Life Size Mousetrap
The Life Size Mousetrap combines physics with art into a 50,000-lb. Rube Goldberg-style interactive kinetic sculpture set atop a 6,500-square-foot game board and includes a Vaudevillian-style performance!
See you there!