Today, the New Hampshire Children's Museum hosted New Hampshire's first Maker Faire. For those of you who have never been, or have never heard of a "Maker Faire," this is just some of the events that were at today's Faire. Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning. The original Maker Faire event was held in San Mateo, CA and in 2013 celebrated its eighth annual show with some 900 makers and 120,000 people in attendance.
Today's event wasn't that crazy, but there were 200+ makers and volunteers, with 1000+ people in attendance.
As some of you know, I co-run a chapter of The Open Organisation Of Lockpickers (TOOOL). We teach people to pick locks, for a few reasons. Primarily, we see locks as the ultimate puzzle. They are everywhere, but very few know how they work. We teach people how to understand those locks, and how to crack the puzzle. Secondly, by teaching people the vulnerabilities of the locks around them, we help them better protect themselves and their belongings.
Back to the Faire: there are an absolutely amazing amount of demos from an amazing array of skills. There was a makerspace, with 3D printing, embroidery and screen printing. There were people selling home-made tutus. There were guys who dress up as the Ghostbusters (tm) in full gear with home-made suits and guns. There were stilt walkers. There were submarines. There was an iron forge. There were guys on custom bikes. There were rockets. There was so much cool shit. It was unreal.
Our table was the first one inside the museum, so every single person who came in walked right by us. I have never been so busy while sitting behind a table. I spent 6 hours non-stop teaching people how to do something they would have never known how to do. They defeated the puzzle, and learned a new skill. I absolutely loved all of the ideals behind the maker faire, and what Make is all about.
We can teach our children how to make things. They can learn how to do something with their hands. They can learn skills, on top of skills. I was a nerd growing up, and I hope to be raising little nerdlets. Picking locks, 3D printing, launching model rockets, and just having fun. I hope you get to do something fun with your kids!
- First Ever Dover Mini Maker Faire set for This Saturday (makezine.com)
- In the Maker Shed: TOOOL Emergency Lock-Pick Card (makezine.com)
- All TOOOL Lock Diagrams Released as .PSD Files (makezine.com)