A mere glimpse at day one of World Maker Faire 2012.

Photos: Andrew Kelly

Mayor Bloomberg Declares MAKER WEEK in NYC
NEW YORK, NY—(Marketwire - Sep 26, 2012) - World Maker Faire, the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth, and New York Hall of Science are proud to announce that Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the New York City Economic Development Corporation have proclaimed that the week of September 24 - 30 as “Maker Week.” 
In honor of the third annual World Maker Faire on September 29-30, the proclamation embodies all that Maker Faire is and stands for: ingenuity, creativity, and a DIY spirit in a space that children and adults alike can see, learn, do, and explore. It brings together artists, food makers, tinkerers, crafters, engineers, scientists, and innovators — a community who loves to make and share their passion for it with others. Maker Faire is thrilled to have the entire week declared “Maker Week” and share the maker movement with the City of New York.
There will be maker activities, conversations, and gatherings all week in the city. Here are a few of the more notable:
Sunday, September 23 - RaspberryPi Foundation is visiting Alpha One Labs to give talks and workshops about RasberryPi to both members and RasberryPi user in the local community.
Thursday, September 27, 8:30am - Open Hardware Summit 2012: The world’s first comprehensive conference on open hardware, a venue to discuss and draw attention to the rapidly growing open-source hardware movement at Eyebeam, 540 W. 21st Street.
Thursday, September 27, 7:00pm - 8:30pm - NYU Speaker Series: Building Maker Communities - Dale Dougherty of O’Reilly Media, MAKE magazine, and Maker Faire, in conversation with Chris Anderson of Wired magazine. Paulson Auditorium, Tisch Hall, 40 W. 4th Street.
Friday, September 28, 10am - 1pm - World Maker Faire Education Day will provide 500 young New Yorkers from elementary and middle schools in Queens and the Bronx with an exclusive preview experience of World Maker Faire; 3:30pm - 5pm Teacher Meet Up. Both take place at the New York Hall of Science.
New York City Economic Development Corporation  Special Announcement about City initiatives in support of New York’s emerging technology sector, featuring EDC President, Seth Pinsky.  /Welcome 5:30pm - 6:00pm
Saturday, September 29th & Sunday, September 30th
World Maker Faire at the New York Hall of Science is a two-day, family friendly faire. It is a showcase of creativity and cool technology that celebrates the maker mindset. It’s inspiring, stimulating, and fun for all ages.
World Maker Faire is sponsored by RadioShack, Cognizant, Atmel, Red Bull, Disney, Time Warner Cable, ASUS, Autodesk, Crayola, Delta Faucet, Epilog Laser, Schick Xtreme3 Eco, ShopBot Tools, SketchUp, and General Motors LLC.

Mayor Bloomberg Declares MAKER WEEK in NYC

NEW YORK, NY—(Marketwire - Sep 26, 2012) - World Maker Faire, the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth, and New York Hall of Science are proud to announce that Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the New York City Economic Development Corporation have proclaimed that the week of September 24 - 30 as “Maker Week.” 

In honor of the third annual World Maker Faire on September 29-30, the proclamation embodies all that Maker Faire is and stands for: ingenuity, creativity, and a DIY spirit in a space that children and adults alike can see, learn, do, and explore. It brings together artists, food makers, tinkerers, crafters, engineers, scientists, and innovators — a community who loves to make and share their passion for it with others. Maker Faire is thrilled to have the entire week declared “Maker Week” and share the maker movement with the City of New York.

There will be maker activities, conversations, and gatherings all week in the city. Here are a few of the more notable:

Sunday, September 23 - RaspberryPi Foundation is visiting Alpha One Labs to give talks and workshops about RasberryPi to both members and RasberryPi user in the local community.

Thursday, September 27, 8:30am - Open Hardware Summit 2012: The world’s first comprehensive conference on open hardware, a venue to discuss and draw attention to the rapidly growing open-source hardware movement at Eyebeam, 540 W. 21st Street.

Thursday, September 27, 7:00pm - 8:30pm - NYU Speaker Series: Building Maker Communities - Dale Dougherty of O’Reilly Media, MAKE magazine, and Maker Faire, in conversation with Chris Anderson of Wired magazine. Paulson Auditorium, Tisch Hall, 40 W. 4th Street.

Friday, September 28, 10am - 1pm - World Maker Faire Education Day will provide 500 young New Yorkers from elementary and middle schools in Queens and the Bronx with an exclusive preview experience of World Maker Faire; 3:30pm - 5pm Teacher Meet Up. Both take place at the New York Hall of Science.

New York City Economic Development Corporation
Special Announcement about City initiatives in support of New York’s emerging technology sector, featuring EDC President, Seth Pinsky.
/Welcome
5:30pm - 6:00pm

Saturday, September 29th & Sunday, September 30th

World Maker Faire at the New York Hall of Science is a two-day, family friendly faire. It is a showcase of creativity and cool technology that celebrates the maker mindset. It’s inspiring, stimulating, and fun for all ages.

World Maker Faire is sponsored by RadioShack, Cognizant, Atmel, Red Bull, Disney, Time Warner Cable, ASUS, Autodesk, Crayola, Delta Faucet, Epilog Laser, Schick Xtreme3 Eco, ShopBot Tools, SketchUp, and General Motors LLC.

LOOK WHAT’S COMING TO WORLD MAKER FAIRE - Everything!  That’s what’s coming in just FIVE DAYS.  So click here to get your hands on maps, apps, guides, tickets and more to the greatest show and tell on earth.  And get ready for DIY, hacking, cooking, felting, lock-picking, mousetrapping, urban farming, circuitry, soldering, sewing, 3D printing, and more more more. 
See more of what’s coming to World Maker Faire here.

LOOK WHAT’S COMING TO WORLD MAKER FAIRE - Everything!  That’s what’s coming in just FIVE DAYS.  So click here to get your hands on maps, apps, guides, tickets and more to the greatest show and tell on earth.  And get ready for DIY, hacking, cooking, felting, lock-picking, mousetrapping, urban farming, circuitry, soldering, sewing, 3D printing, and more more more. 

See more of what’s coming to World Maker Faire here.

PRESS RELEASE: World Maker Faire Returns

QUEENS, NY—(Marketwire - Aug 20, 2012) - World Maker Faire returns to New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) on Saturday, September 29 from 10am to 7pm, and Sunday, September 30 from 10am to 6pm to showcase the world’s most extraordinary gathering of DIY talents in science, technology, crafting, fashion, food, sustainability, and more. 

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

Colorful Making

From post-it notes and highlighter pens, to color-coded staff calendars, Nancy Schenk utilizes color to help organize her tasks as executive assistant to our president and CEO, Margaret Honey. At night, Nancy uses color in a more creative way – to create her traditional rug hooking projects.

For the past six years, Nancy has been creating rugs of various sizes using rug hooking, a traditional craft where rugs are made by pulling fabric, ribbons or yarn through a base such as burlap. One of the most important steps in the process is choosing the fabric to be used in the rug.

“You don’t know how the colors and patterns are going to turn out in the end,” said Nancy. “You can guess what it will look like, but until you actually work on the rug, you don’t really know. That’s one of the things I like about rug hooking.”

Nancy will display about a half dozen of her rug creations at this year’s World Maker Faire, a two-day event celebrating creativity and innovation in everything from knitting to robotics. Nancy’s rug hooking projects will be on display at our Science Technology Library and will include two rugs made from patterns that she designed herself.

World Maker Faire takes place at NYSCI on September 17 and 18. If you’re the forgetful type, write the date on a yellow post-it note and stick it on your fridge!

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s … a man walking around with metal wings

Most kids dream of being a superhero when they grow up. Adiel Fernandez, science instructor at NYSCI, gets to be one for two days this month.

Or at least he’ll look like one, thanks to his project Metal Wings, which he built for this year’s World Maker Faire. Inspired by X-Men superhero Archangel, the aircraft-grade aluminum wings have a wingspan of 12 feet and are mechanically controlled by motors. These motors, or more technically “servos”, will be connected to special gloves he has created that will allow him to open and close the multiple segments of the wings just by moving his fingers, giving the illusion that the wings are moving on their own. The beating of the wings will also be linked to Adiel’s heartbeat, although that aspect of the project may not be ready in time for the Faire.

Adiel came up with the idea for the project about a year ago when his brother showed him photos from a comic book convention. “Archangel is such an interesting character,” said Adiel. “His wings are so unique and different from any other winged superhero or villain. I can’t believe no one has tried to put together a set of wings like his.”

Although he has been “making” since he was a small child (he often took his toys apart to see how they worked), the Metal Wings project included some relatively new territory for Adiel: microcontrollers and metalworking. But in true Maker spirit, he tackled the project anyways.

Check out Adiel’s wings along with projects from more than 500 other Makers (all superheroes in our book!) at this year’s World Maker Faire, which will be held at NYSCI on September 17 and 18.

Blow, Blow, Thou Maker Wind

At this year’s World Maker Faire, event organizers and Faire-goers alike will be hoping for warm days with sunny skies. But one Maker will be cheering on the wind.

Karl Szilagi, NYSCI exhibit technician, will be presenting his project, Listen to the Wind at this year’s Faire. Comprised of 30 kites of various sizes attached to one main line, Listen to the Wind showcases the sound a kite string makes when it’s under tension. The sound created by the kites will be amplified and transmitted to a pair of headphones, which will be available to Faire-goers. Karl hopes that his project inspires people to think more deeply about the seemingly simple act of flying a kite:

“I would like visitors to take away from the experience an understanding of how the humming of a kite string can reveal powerful forces at work that are often inaudible and otherwise invisible.”

Karl became interested in kites in the late 1980s after seeing several people flying kites high in the air in Central Park. He then started creating his own kites and has since built approximately 1,500 kites, although this is his first kite involving sound. 

So what exactly does a kite sound like? Find Karl at World Maker Faire to find out!

NY Waterway Contamination, From the Outside Looking In

Guest blogger Erin Schneider, NYSCI intern and graduate student in Environmental Geo-science at Queens College, writes about her recent experience on board the R. Ian Fletcher, a research vessel that regularly conducts water quality testing on New York’s waterways.

New York City from the Hudson River

“You see those green signs,” John Lipscomb, Captain of the R. Ian Fletcher, the Riverkeeper patrol boat, pointed towards the shore. “That indicates a CSO. There are 460 CSO’s in New York City that dump about 30 billion gallons of sewage into our waterways annually.” The recent fires at the Combined Sewage Overflow units in Harlem and Ossining have been a benchmark for Riverkeeper’s initiative of public awareness of this local health issue. “We got immediate media coverage,” Lipscomb explained, “because people were upset over the 250 million gallons being let in after the fire in Harlem.” What many don’t realize, however, is that every time it rains, raw sewage is being dumped into the Hudson and other rivers by way of these CSO’s.

            As a native New Yorker, I was horrified to not only learn about the regular occurrence of the introduction of raw sewage into our waterways, but also to see the many public access sites they are located at. There was even one stop we made along our journey that has an underwater pipe pumping a plume of sewage upward. Cruising down the river, bordered with lush green trees, waterfront houses, parks and other hidden wonders, we passed families playing in the water and men and women fishing off docks only yards away from actively flowing CSO’s. Although the river can be quite clean in many places, unfortunately, there are other locations frequently exposed to high levels of contamination. Yet the public doesn’t seem to be adequately informed. What’s more unsettling, is that while locals are using these waterways for recreational use, we were taking precautionary measures, using gloves to keep the water off our skin, or alcohol to clean our hands if they did contact the water.

CSO warning sign

            In light of the fire in the CSO on 125th in Manhattan, there have been tremendous breakthroughs with the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), and their agreement to make their data publicly available in a timely fashion. Additional water quality sampling took place immediately following the fire, conducted by both the DEP and Riverkeeper, in collaboration with Queens College and Columbia University, the data of which differed greatly. While the DEP announced that the majority of their water samples contained Enterococcus within the acceptable EPA guidelines of 104 cells of Entero per 100 milliliters of water, they originally failed to state that their water samples were being collected in the middle of the river. Riverkeeper took samples in both the middle of the river and in the near-shore environment, and found that contrary to the reports by the DEP, the concentrations near the discharge points ranged from 132 to 104,620 per 100 milliliters (click here for locations and Riverkeeper data reports). The Riverkeeper patrol boat, which is complete with a lab on deck for the processing and analyzing samples collected at locations, makes regular stops to sites along the East and Hudson rivers, the Gowanus and through a channel in Williamsburg.

CSO

            Having the privilege of joining the Riverkeeper, it became even more obvious to me just how crucial these studies are to increasing the public’s awareness of how our environment is being affected. It was bitter-sweet to experience New York from the water looking into the city, passing so many of New York’s beautiful iconic buildings, piers and neighborhoods along our journey, to then witness that almost unbeknownst to us, these same sites are being subjected to raw sewage contamination. I gained a new appreciation for my home state, and these research efforts that will hopefully continue to positively affect the exposition of these environmental and health issues.

Water sampling

World Maker Faire is Back!