Monday, August 19, 2013

Burlington Mini Maker Faire

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 
Children and parents sat down to build and then take pictures of their creations with Sharebot. More on Sharebot in the next post!

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!

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