What is MakerFaire? Basically it's a grassroots movement where DIY aficionados get together to display their projects and inventions. It consists of both low tech and high tech projects. I discovered the MakerFaire and MakerCamp concepts recently. After having learned programming with Scratch and Makey Makey, I started seeing other uses for this programming language. One was Raspberry Pi, which is a mini computer used to teach computer science to kids.
I saw that there was going to be a mini MakerFaire on August 24th, about an hour and a half away in Dover, NH, so I decided to go. I was interested to learn more about Raspberry Pi and robotics projects, but there were a lot of other interesting exhibits, like felting, jewelry making, and old fashioned ice cream maker and digital music. One of the exhibits at the Dover Mini Faire was a demonstration of the Raspberry Pi. A professor of programming at SNHU, Don Norris, was demonstrating how Pi could be used to program a robot. I was excited to learn about his book Raspberry Pi for the Evil Genius. It has a lot of good information and programs to get you started.
But I also enjoyed seeing a new invention by a young man which can be used to type with one hand. It's called Jester Type and here is a video of it in action.
I was also interested to see demos of 3D printers. This one was built from a kit by an Exeter, NH high school student:
All in all it was a great Faire. They plan to do it again next year, so I'm hoping it's even bigger and better! Check out the MakerFaire site to find one near you!