Just this Saturday August 17th, at the Holly Hill Mall in Burlington, NC... a group of my friends and myself set up tables to represent Splat Space, Durham's hacker space! We had three activities geared towards kids:
- Squishy Circuits - using dough to easily connect electronic parts!
- Sharebot - A Raspberry PI computer and camera that takes pictures using a Nintendo Wii Remote.
- Poplocks - Children build robots and plant creatures and more selecting from piles of parts!
|The Sharebot Mini Photo Booth - as seen |
at the Museum of Life and Science
|Patrick keeping the parts piles organized while builders create!|
Joe Diver, Patrick Craig and Robben Medlin helped out at the table - at times doubling and tripling our power to demonstrate Poplocks building techniques!
- The Times News photographer, Scott Muthersbaugh, took some great photos of the event - two of them from the Poplocks table with me demonstrating how to build the characters.
- The Alamance Makers Guild (host of the mini-Maker Faire) have a photo album showing how easy it was to be overwhelmed by the creativity of so many makers!
- Last but not least (and to be featured in the next post), the pictures taken by users of Sharebot in a convenient flickr album. If you brought your Poplock creation over and took a picture, find it and share it with your friends and family!
It was seriously super fun seeing what everyone wanted to build! If you are looking for more Poplocks-making fun at a location near you, I'll have a tent at SparkCON in Raleigh, Sept 14th and 15th.
You can also register for the "Let's Make Paper Toys" workshop at the Durham Arts Council. The workshops are from 4:30 - 6:00 pm, Sept 17th, Oct 15th, Nov 12th and Dec 10th. Choose Fall 2013 for the Program Group, "Josh Buczynski" as the Instructor, then search and select!