Maker Faire Pittsburgh is just 2 days away!

Get a preview of all the fun and innovation you’ll experience at the Faire:  Check out the map of the Faire,  schedule of workshops and performances, and information on accessibility at the links below.

Map of the Faire

Schedule

Accessibility

 

Not sure what you’ll see and do at Maker Faire Pittsburgh 2017? Check out some of the highlights from last year’s Faire!

 

 

People watch drones race through an obstacle course at Maker Faire Pittsburgh 2016.

Compete in the Drone Zone Obstacle Course for a chance to win a new drone! Pilots of all skills levels are welcome to participate in this FREE amateur drone race.

Don’t have a drone? Visitors to the Faire are invited to help design and rearrange the Obstacle Course to discover new ways to challenge the drone pilots!

The Drone Zone is managed by our community partner, ZeroFossil. Please email evan@zerofossil.com to participate.

Young girl builds electrical circuits

Guest Post by: Remake Learning

From self-driving cars to brand new bridges, Pittsburgh is powered by makers. Home to top universities and a can-do spirit, the Steel City draws students, thinkers and engineers from around the world to build robots, design video games, and plan missions to space.

 

But you don’t have to be an inventor or a president to enjoy making. Here are five reasons why Pittsburgh is great for makers and tinkerers of every age!

 

  1. Making is in our DNA. Pittsburgh started as a steel town, and the inventions forged here changed how people live, work, and play. Did you know that the first Ferris Wheel was designed and built in Pittsburgh? Or that America’s first movie theater was built Downtown? When Pittsburghers have an idea, they roll up their sleeves and get to work!

 

  1. Our maker tradition continues today. Every week, for example, Kidsburgh.org shares a “Maker Monday” project so that families can make together throughout the year. Have lots of plastic bags at home? Learn how to turn them into a jump rope! Want to bring your art to life? Make your own scratch ’n sniff paint!

 

  1. Pittsburgh is Remaking Learning. Did you know that members of Remake Learning — a network of more than 500 schools, universities, libraries, museums, and more — work together to create incredible learning experiences for kids and families? Collectively, they’ve established more than 170 makerspaces across the region. Be sure to check out the MAKESHOP at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, or stop by a maker night at Assemble. Teachers: check out the many fun ways to bring making into your classroom (and to become a maker yourself)!

 

Whatever your interests, Remake Learning’s partners have a program for you. Read more about Remake Learning’s work — and what’s next for the future of learning — by clicking here.

 

  1. Speaking of the future of learning, Remake Learning Days will return in May! The world’s largest open house for innovative teaching and learning drew nearly 30,000 attendees this year, with two full days dedicated to the region’s young makers. Hundreds of activities and events helped kids make paper out of invasive plants, build robotic replicas of their favorite movie characters, and more. And the fun returns next year, when the third annual Remake Learning Days kicks off on May 17!

 

  1. Kidsburgh.org is your source for maker events and more. Rounding up the latest news and free events, Kidsburgh is here to help kids and families meet other makers and bring their projects to life. Check out our website or join us at Maker Faire Pittsburgh, where we’ll be making paper flowers from recycled magazines. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

 

 

Everyone who registers for their free tickets to Maker Faire Pittsburgh before Saturday, October 14, will be entered into a raffle for a Hummingbird Duo Robotics Kit from Faire sponsor Birdbrain Technologies.

Hummingbird kits are a great way to introduce kids to robotics and engineering.  They are designed to provide engineering and robotics activities for ages 13 and up (ages 8 and up with adult supervision) to create robots, kinetic sculptures and animatronics.

Register for your Maker Faire tickets in advance  and you’ll have a chance to win a kit!

See how the Hummingbird robotics kit has impacted classrooms:

 

Read this article by Dale Dougherty, Founder of MAKE Magazine and creator of Maker Faire at Maker Media in San Francisco, in Medium.com, September 17, 2017.

If you have a DIY skill, artistry, hacked system or crazy invention that you want to show off and teach people about, we want you as a part of Maker Faire Pittsburgh! This all-ages weekend is like a futuristic county fair, featuring DIY science and technology, unique handmade crafts, educational demonstrations, large-scale collaborations, and singular performances all from young, old, established, emerging, student and veteran “makers.”

Last year, almost 10,000 people rode a spirograph scooter, slipped on some “Iron Man” armature, played the steel drums, made yarn with Kool-Aid, stepped into the Tardis, played giant Jenga, learned circus arts and soldered an LED pin.  And that’s just scratching the surface.  This year’s Maker Faire will be even more creative and fantastic!

The deadline to apply is Saturday, September 23, at 11:59 PM.  So don’t delay!

Just click here to fill out your application.

“…kids who attend Maker Faires may be inspired to become tomorrow’s scientists, engineers, programmers and more…Although the Maker Faire delights people of all ages, it’s the kids who show the greatest enthusiasm and joy as they go from booth to booth. What makes the Maker Faire so unique is that it presents technology in a hands-on way, with less focus on the math and science behind what’s happening. And while Maker Faire events certainly attract plenty of boys, I see more girls — and a more diverse crowd in general — every year, a good sign for technology’s future.”

Click here for the full article in Time Magazine, May 30, 2017.

 

The Call for Makers for Maker Faire Pittsburgh 2017, Round Two, is now open.  If you are an individual, group, school, club, organization or entrepreneur with a project that highlights the DIY and tinkering spirit, we want you at Maker Faire!

Exhibits and displays range from student projects, vintage computers and game systems, chemistry projects, puppets, kites, bicycles and textile arts and crafts to robotics, 3D printers and CNC mills, rockets and R/C toys, green tech, electric vehicles, biotech and innovative tools.  We welcome eclectic, diverse and forward-thinking projects and ideas.  Show us something we haven’t seen or dreamed of yet!

The Call for Makers Round Two closes on September 23, 2017.  More details and maker application at pittsburgh.makerfaire.com/call-for-makers/.

Students can experience the creative, inspiring and innovative world of Making, from makers of all ages, through hands-on activities, demonstrations and workshops.

Registration is required and is now open! Learn more at http://pittsburgh.makerfaire.com/remake-learning-education-friday/.

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