The past few days have seen a lot of maker news coming out of the White House. First, Joey Hudy, who became a national maker meme when he fired his massive air cannon at the White House Science Fair, was asked to join Mrs. Obama in her booth during the State of the Union address. Second, the White House blog announced that in 2014 they would hold a Maker Faire in the White House.
Do you think they chose to hold a Faire because they learned of our success?
On behalf of the San Diego Mini Maker Faire team, we want to thank everyone who came out in the rain to explore, create, make, hack, and learn! Our first event had over 120 exhibitors and over 5,000 visitors! This inaugural mini maker faire was put on by ChangeHive Inc., a nonprofit public benefit corporation dedicated to promoting and encouraging the public in self-education in technical, scientific, and artistic skills.
The San Diego Mini Maker Faire is well underway! A huge number of visitors have braved the rains on the road to visit the event. If you haven’t made it yet, we will be here until 6pm – tickets are on sale at the door.
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If Maker Faire had an unofficial mascot then it would be the Electric Giraffe.
A native of San Diego, this engaging piece of animatronic art is the result of Lindsay Lawler’s imagination and hard work. Lindsay and Russell (named after the British coder who brings the giraffe to life) have attended most Maker Faires to greet and delight attendees. Finally, on December 7 at the Del Mar Fair Grounds you’ll be able to see him at at home at our very first Maker Faire!
Over the last few days, we’ve seen some great suggestions of what you’d do with Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon embedded computer. But before it was released, Qualcomm put the board in the hands of some schools and their maker employees, to see what they could develop with the system.
Can you build a satellite with a Snapdragon? Students at the University of Texas Austin are trying to do just that with their SnapSat. Check out the video from their test flights on a helium balloon.
Inspired to make your own project with a Snapdragon IFC6410? Visit the Qualcomm table at the San Diego Mini Maker Faire and enter to win your own Snapdragon Single Board Computer!
Click “Continue Reading” to see more examples and hear what San Diego makers want to do with a Snapdragon board. Continue reading →
At Maker Faire 60% of attendees will participate in hands-on projects or demonstrations. It’s part of the experience. When you go to Maker Faire you make and our San Diego event will be no different.
The video above is an example of a Learn to Solder activity. Other classic examples include Compressed Air Rockets, Marshmallow Shooters, Nerdy Derby, and Self-watering Planters. We’re considering these and others and would welcome your ideas. Got a favorite? Know of a simple and interesting project? Add your ideas and suggestions to this post in the comments. We’ll read ‘em!
FSL3D is the next wave in Desktop 3D printing. A team comprised of expert engineers with substantial background designing industrial cutting & engraving lasers, it should come with no surprise they are about to introduce the next step in 3D Printing evolution.
Deezmaker manufactures 3-D printer kits which are sold online and at its Pasadena, California retail store. The Pasadena retail store was also the first 3-D printer store on the West Coast (and only the second one in the country.) Opened in late 2012, Deezmaker’s in-store hackerspace gives 3-D printing enthusiasts a place to get together and find ways to innovate and move the field forward. Deezmaker was a Kickstarter success story from its beginnings. A 2012 campaign for the first printer (the Bukobot) launched the company, raising roughly four times the minimum requested amount. A subsequent Kickstarter campaign in summer 2013 for the new, portable Bukito printer raised 2.5 times its requested goal. Currently, Deezmaker is getting ready to fulfill its Bukito Kickstarter orders and ongoing Bukobot orders, laying out plans for more courses, and developing great collaborations.
There’s something special about a family project that inspires the imagination. The guardian helmets created with these craft sets will send kids thoughts to far away lands and epic adventure. During the making process kids and parents get to talk and construct and enjoy each others’ company. In the end, not only is there a new hand-crafted toy to enjoy but there’s a sense of satisfaction. “I made that!“