At the World Maker Faire, "do not touch" was not part of the equation.
Held last weekend in Queens, New York, the Maker Faire brought together scientists, artists, inventors, and curious local residents to share and explore inventions large and small. "It's in the image of the county fair," says Margaret Honey, CEO of the New York Hall of Science, which hosted the second annual event, " but rather than pigs and pork it's rockets and robots."
The two-day event featured robots doing most anything—from wandering around to drumming—as well as a laser-cut, LED-lit waterfall; a fire-breathing dragon play structure; a one-handed glove that acts as a keyboard; and much more. Honey hopes that the playful element of the event will show kids that science and technology are fun and exciting career possibilities.
"We're really focused on creating new approaches to learning and engagement that sit at intersection of design, make, and play," Honey says. "The idea was really to bring makers out of their homes, workshops, garages, whatever, into the community where they could interact with one another."
Photos courtesy of Andrew Kelly and Shimpei Takeda for the New York Hall of Science