Here’s a peek at the creation of Shih Chieh Huang's 99Plus, one of ten original installations that make up ReGeneration, NYSCI’s new exhibition exploring cultural sustainability opening October 27. The piece is an integration of science and technology, reflecting the various adaptations and interactions of living beings in a complex, evolving environment.

The installation is constructed largely of items found at dollar discount stores throughout Queens neighborhoods, combined with LEDs, computer fans, microcontrollers and inflatables. The resulting exhibit features electronic, kinetic sculptures that make noise, generate patterns of light and movement, and generally interact with one another in an animal-like ecology.

As the world becomes more connected geographically and electronically, across linguistic, cultural and physical boundaries, it becomes more important to synthesize an ecological understanding of the way humans interact in a cooperative environment. Viewers will ideally walk away from the exhibit with a notion of themselves in an incomprehensible but beautiful and ultimately generous understanding of social structures.

A three-minute lookback at just a few of this year’s World Maker Faire highlights. See more in our photo pool here.

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.

LOOK WHAT’S COMING TO WORLD MAKER FAIRE - Level Eleven is a retro-styled custom computer made from cherry with aluminum accents.

LOOK WHAT’S COMING TO WORLD MAKER FAIRE - Speakers Announced

 

Bre Pettis and Chris Anderson headline the World Maker Faire speaker series. Check out the highlights of who is speaking at World Maker Faire, with talks and how-to workshops from the leaders in the maker movement speaking about science, technology, art, and more. 

  • Bre Pettis from MakerBot Industries and Chris Anderson from Wired and 3D Robotics, and author of Makers: The New Industrial Revolution. Pettis and Anderson will discuss the lessons learned in building big maker businesses and give a glimpse of where they think this movement is going, in the talk “Going Big: From Maker Movement to New Industrial Revolution.” On the morning of Sunday, Sept. 30, Anderson will also speak on DIY drones (remote control quadcopters) in “Why Should the Military Have all the Cool Stuff?”
  • Jack Hitt, This American Life contributor and author of Bunch of Amateurs: A Search for the American Character, will talk about Meredith Perry, founder of uBeam and the latest amateur to break out of her metaphorical garage as the inventor of the wireless battery charger, and how she’s part of the coming DIY revolution.
  • David Pogue, New York Times technology columnist, will recount his adventures in hang-gliding, landing on a nuclear carrier, handling 10-foot sharks underwater, firing an AK-47, slicing a brain in half, and pouring a $12 million gold bar for his presentation, “Should Science Be Allowed to be Interesting? One Man’s Insane Journey through a TV Career on PBS.”
  • Mason Peck, NASA’s chief technologist, will provide an update on the Mars Curiosity rover and NASA’s connections to the maker community in his presentation, “Working with NASA on Innovative Space Technology.”
  • Alton and Carrie Barron, hand surgeon and psychiatrist author duo, will speak about their research and recent book, The Creativity Cure, showing why and how making things is good for our minds, moods, earning potential, and the economy.
  • Jonathan Lippincott, author of Large Scale: Fabricating Sculpture in the 1960s and 1970s, will present the history of the sculptures made at his family’s large-scale sculpture fabrication company, Lippincott, Inc. Founded in 1966, Lippincott was the first fabricator dedicated exclusively to prototyping and building large-scale sculpture; they were the makers behind many familiar works by artists such as Claes Oldenburg, Louise Nevelson, Barnett Newman, and Ellsworth Kelly.
  • Catarina Mota and Dustyn Roberts, co-chairs of the Open Hardware Summit, will explain how, over the last few years, open source hardware went from an obscure hobby to a burgeoning movement. The pair will review the defining events of the last few years to draw a snapshot of the current state of the open source hardware movement and the impact it’s having in maker culture and beyond.
  • Stuart Schmill, dean of admissions at MIT, will offer advice to young makers (and parents of makers) on how best to prepare for the college experience and application process.
  • Allan Chochinov, founder of Core77, will moderate “Design and DIY: How Makers are Influencing Product Design,” an industrial design community debate featuring a panel of industry leaders, including Tad Toulis of TEAGUE, Gadi Amit of New Deal Design, Carla Diana of Smart Design, and Jared Ficklin of Frog Design.
  • Invigorating panel discussions include:

    • "After the Kickstarter" - Real stories from makers "going pro" and delivering on successful crowdfunding campaigns.
    • The latest in 3D printing and digital fabrication.
    • Firsthand reports on the diverse range of exciting new models of makerspaces (shared workshop environments that are taking off around the world).
    • Peter Meehan, former food writer for the New York Times and co-editor of the fun and irreverent food magazine Lucky Peach, interviews a panel of food makers (chefs!) that he admires most.

Beauty in the Eye of the Microscope

A rose by any other name … Oh wait, those are stink bug eggs.

Through Friday, the eighth Olympus BioScapes Imaging Competition brings images of beauty captured under light microscopes to our museum. The winning images were selected from more than 2,000 submissions and reflect the latest advances in neuroscience and cell biology. Visitors can marvel at the beauty of stink bug eggs, be awed by the iridescent colors of a damselfly eye, and yes, even admire the peony-like splendor of a fruit fly’s ovaries.

And you thought you’d seen everything.

Photo: Stink Bug Eggs by Haris Antonopoulos

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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World Maker Faire at New York Hall of Science. September 29-30, 2012. Tickets and Info at makerfaire.com

106 Days to Maker Faire New York —- Call for Makers NOW OPEN!

We’re looking for a few hundred makers. Are you one of them? Save the Date and start working on your projects (if you haven’t already…) Maker Faire New York is right around the corner and as of this morning, the Call for Makers is open

Step one for participating is to submit an entry so we can learn about you and your project. Here’s just a sampling of what makes for a great Maker Faire exhibit:

  • Student Projects
  • Robotics
  • Music Performance and Participation
  • 3D Printers and CNC Mills
  • Textile Arts and Crafts
  • Home Energy Monitoring
  • Rockets and RC Toys
  • Sustainability
  • Green Tech
  • Radios, Vintage Computers and Game Systems
  • Electronics
  • Electric Vehicles
  • Biology/Biotech and Chemistry Projects
  • Food and Beverage Makers
  • Robotics
  • Puppets
  • Kites
  • Bicycles
  • Shelter (Tents, Domes, etc.)
  • Unusual Tools or Machines
  • How to Fix Things or Take them Apart (Vacuums, Clocks, Washing Machines, etc.

Not planning a project but still can’t wait for Maker Faire New York? Standby. Tickets go on sale soon and we’ll be warming up all summer with community gatherings, Maker Weekends at NYSCI and more.