Maker Fair 2011, a set by eddiebabyny on Flickr.
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Maker Fair 2011, a set by eddiebabyny on Flickr.


Maker Faire 2011 at New York Hall Of Science, a set on Flickr.
World Maker Faire 2011 - photos by Andrew Kelly
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Maker Faire 2011 at New York Hall Of Science, a set on Flickr.

World Maker Faire 2011 - photos by Andrew Kelly

This kid has a bad case of dragon breath

GonKiRin the 90 ft firebreathing Maker Faire dragon is testing it’s flame while World Maker Faire is being set-up and proper fire permits are being laid down.

Making Science Hip

Deconstruction Zone

How do you get someone excited about the technology behind a computer processor? By breaking it down into smaller parts. Literally.

NYSCI’s Deconstruction Zone at last year’s World Maker Faire was so popular with kids and adults that it is being brought back for this year’s festival, which will be held on September 17 and 18. With screwdrivers and pliers, kids and adults at the 2010 World Maker Faire took apart computer and electronic equipment with a goal of, well, to take apart computer and electronic equipment. And they had a blast doing it. Clearly someone forgot to tell them that it was a form of science education.

In this age of standardized tests, rote memorization, and textbooks, it’s easy to see why most students dread their science and math classes. Where, really, is the fun in traditional science and math education? But taking apart electronics? Now, that sounds fun! 

And having fun can lead to a deeper exploration of the sciences. In a recent PBS Newshour show, Dale Dougherty, editor and publisher of Make magazine and founder of Maker Faire, said

“I see making as a gateway to engineering and science. When I talk to engineers and scientists, I can ask them, what fascinated you as a kid? And someone said, well, you know, I used to take refrigerators apart.” 

World Maker Faire has hundreds of these kind of fun opportunities for visitors. The two-day event brings together hundreds of “Makers” who show off their inventions and encourage visitors to become Makers themselves and to create, build and invent. In the process, they show us the “fun” in science, technology and math. When you see trendy people with their cool inventions, suddenly science and technology doesn’t seem so boring or geeky anymore. And when you get to invent your own cool products, a career choice in the sciences seems not only possible, but appealing.

NYSCI has been exploring ways to harness the spirit of “making” to increase interest in the sciences. NYSCI and Maker Faire staff worked to ensure that the inaugural World Maker Faire included a large range of activities for children and families. And after the festival, NYSCI hosted a two-day workshop with more than 80 leaders in education, science, technology and the arts to explore how the Maker movement can stimulate innovation in education.

This year’s Faire will be even bigger than last year, with hundreds of additional Makers and even more activities for children and families. And more opportunities to show kids and adults, that science is fun—whether or not you keep your computer in one piece.

Interesting article about what’s happening in 2011 of DIY and the Maker Movement … a great intro to this years World Maker Faire:

About a year ago, I wrote a weekly post at Wired’s Gadget Lab called “DIY Friday.” The first story was about MintyBoost, a USB charger made from AA batteries and an Altoids tin, devised by Adafruit’s Limor Fried. That was what DIY/maker hardware news mostly looked like in the last week of August 2010.

Now, let’s look at the first week of August in 2011:

  • Design software giant , creators of, , a popular online community for DIYers to share and discuss their projects, and help others build their own. AutodeskAutoCAD, Maya, Sketchbook and 123Dpurchased Instructables
  • MakerFaire Detroit, sponsored by Ford, Pepsi and Microsoft as well as Etsy, Boing Boing and O’Reilly, gently wound down after officially closing July 31, featuring everything from giant Halloween displays to sewing tutorials to tiny children on crazy leaf-blower go-karts. I wish I’d been there.
  • Microsoft presented a handful of proof-of-concept projects for its .NET Gadgeteer, a competitor to Arduino that likewise promises easy-to-build open-source hardware gadgets using Microsoft’s .NET framework and Visual Studio/Visual C# Express. (Thisminiature arcade cabinet looks awesome.)
  • GE launched a Facebook campaign targeting DIY makers to share designs for model aircraft and an airport, using 3D printers from the revered independent MakerBot.
  • MakerBot got some more competition in the field of inexpensive, easy-to-build-and-use home 3D printers: Ponoko featured the UP! printer on their blog (which comes helpfully pre-assembled), whileMAKE featured Ultimaker, which touts its speed. “This is what happens when you do something that’s successful,” MakerBot’s Bre Pettis said. “Other people figure it out, too, and start businesses. More 3D printers are good.”


More: http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2011/08/big-diy/

We are now accepting entries for the 2nd Annual World Maker Faire New York, September 17 and 18, 2011 at the New York Hall of Science. We look forward to reviewing your application.

Key Points: World Maker Faire New York: September 17 and 18, 2011.

Entry Open Date: June 1, 2011. Please enter early so we can reserve space for your exhibit.

Entry Close Date: August 20, 2011 **Extended**

Queens kids got up close and personal with some mythical creatures at Dragon Boat Family Day at the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) on Saturday, July 16.

“Children are the future of the competition, so it is important to involve them with the Dragon Boats while they are young,” said Henry Wan, chairman for the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival (HKDBF), which will be held on Meadow Lake on August 13 and 14. “We are a family event and we look forward to seeing all of these kids at the festival.”

An actual Dragon Boat held center stage in NYSCI’s Great Hall and children marveled at the 40-foot long teak boat. Expert rowers and amateur athletes were also in attendance, passing their knowledge onto the next generation of racers.

Read more…

World Maker Faire 2011: Get Ready New York! (by nyhallofscience)

DesignLab 03: May 18, 2011 on Flickr.Teachers & NYSCI staff  returned for the 4th Design Lab Teacher Design Fellowship session on May 18, 2011. 
How to make connections to curriculum goals and different STEM disciplines were discussed, followed by a brainstorm/hands-on prototyping session on Where Do We Use Air to Do Work? and Putting Air To Work (Assistive Technology).

DesignLab 03: May 18, 2011 on Flickr.

Teachers & NYSCI staff returned for the 4th Design Lab Teacher Design Fellowship session on May 18, 2011.
How to make connections to curriculum goals and different STEM disciplines were discussed, followed by a brainstorm/hands-on prototyping session on Where Do We Use Air to Do Work? and Putting Air To Work (Assistive Technology).