Maker Faire, hailed as the “Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth,” is a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness—and a celebration of the maker movement: people not just hungry to talk about the next big thing, but to make it!
Now in its fifth year, Seattle Mini Maker Faire offers tech enthusiasts, crafters, homesteaders, scientists, garage tinkerers, and commercial makers of all ages and backgrounds a platform to share their passion projects with the public—anyone who embraces the do-it-yourself (or do-it-together) spirit. The original Maker Faire event was held in San Mateo, CA and in 2015 celebrated its tenth annual show with some 1100 makers and 130,000 people in attendance. Maker Faire is supported by Make: magazine and Maker Media.
When you’re just getting started learning about the maker movement, local makerspaces are the perfect place to get started on your own projects!
Makerspaces can come in all shapes and sizes, and no two makerspaces are the same—some might feature more traditional supplies like crafting materials and LEGOs, while others might be fully-outfitted with 3D printers, laser cutters, and hand tools.
As long as they’re a place where people can gather to create, invent, tinker, explore, and discover using a variety of materials, they’re a “makerspace.”
We talked to Amber Straub, who’ll be hosting a soldering station with local makerspace Metrix Create:Space, about what she’s looking forward to this year:
Tickets are now on sale for this celebration of creativity and ingenuity. This year Maker Faire invites you to explore the Maker movement with new projects and presenters, including:
Mario the Magician
New York’s Mario the Magician has carved a name for himself with the high quality of his live comedic performance of magic and slapstick and the unique integration of hidden modern technology and robotics in his handmade props. Mario’s repertoire features all things made by hand, often using found/salvaged materials, and he encourages children to make, not buy. He has recently made appearances on Sesame Street, NBCUniversal’s Sprout Channel, and live at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
The Walking Beast
The Walking Beast and the Moltensteelman Pyrosaurus came from the imagination and talent of Moltensteelman Studio in Salem, Oregon. The Walking Beast is a seven-ton mech robot that walks on eight legs and stands 11’ tall. Maker Martin Montesano spent over three years designing and building it, and put in over a mile of welds to bring this beautiful and functional creation to life.
All Seattle Mini Maker Faire ticket buyers will also be offered a special discount for EMP Museum admission which includes access to World of WearableArt™, Indie Game Revolution, Infinite Worlds of Science Fiction, Fantasy: World of Myth and Magic, and more. Purchase your ticket today to participate in hands-on demos for all ages, explore innovative arts and new technology, and enjoy interactive performances all weekend long.
Full list of makers to be announced in August 2016!
We are excited to have Pacific Science Center join us to host “Let’s Make Rockets!” once again at Seattle Mini Maker Faire this coming September. Check out their thoughts about making with family, written by Tinker Tank Manager Daniel Rother:
At Pacific Science Center, we are not only passionate about inspiring a love of science, but also about getting families to explore, experiment, and be inspired together. To that end, we love seeing parents facilitating their children’s experience. Be it at Maker Faire, Pacific Science Center, or just wandering down the street, giving your child the tools to make connections and better understand their world is one of the best ways to inspire an interest in science.