Close Encounters with Maker Faire
I should state at the outset that I live within walking distance of Maker Faire, and I have since it started (or so I gather.) And yet, this was my first visit. Once I knew it existed, I heard all about the crowds and such, and decided I didn’t want to deal with it.
This year, I decided to go anyway, darn it. I was so very glad I did.
Maker Faire, it turns out, is basically a huge conglomeration of things I’m interested in. Model steam trains? Yep. How about food science? Of course! Innovative music? Space Travel? Fabric arts? Robots? Indeed! All that and more. Seriously, check out the website and see for yourself. The variety is astounding.
We entered, walked past a huge flaming rose, and into the thick of things. There were some presentations that we’d considered attending, but we only went to one, and that one we found by accident. While I listened to the Librarians Making Makerspaces presentation my hubby took a turn around the building we’d found ourselves in. He showed me a few things when I was done, and then we continued on.
And on. And on. I’d thought that we’d go for a few hours, then head back home. That…was not what happened. There were so many interesting things to see and learn about! I can see why this event lasts for more than one day.
Next year, we are definitely getting the whole weekend pass. It was very difficult to talk ourselves into leaving this time, and I think that will help. The promised crowds were most evident in the Expo Hall, but really weren’t that bad elsewhere. Even then, we aren’t talking about Disneyland on the 4th of July crowds in the Expo Hall. More like Disneyland on a Summer weekday. FYI, if you are at all sensitive to noise, you may wish to give the building with the Tesla Stage in it a miss. The room is dark, but there is a lot of competing loud noise in there.
Anyway, once we were done with the Faire proper, we hunted up the Maker Shed for a spot of shopping. And that was where I found the shiny new Arduino Workshop by John Boxall. This book just came out in May. Obviously, I bought it…and a few other things.
So…I’ll be switching over to Arduino Workshop for my Arduino learning process.
Wish me luck!