Maker Festival 2016

Last weekend, the Toronto Reference Library hosted the Maker Festival for another epic event and, for my third time, I volunteered to teach people how to solder. The way this event has grown is astonishing and it really was their best to date.

After I finished a morning volunteering shift, I took a tour around to see what exciting things were on display this year. Here’s a quick video I made of just a few of the things to see this year:

The entrance atrium was full of color this year, with hanging origami and streamers floating above the crowd. In addition, there was a smooth looking LED matrix and chaser LEDs lining the main staircase.

 

There are always grand demonstrations and displays. This year on the main floor was a sphere that just kept growing. I never got to see the final result though.

 

This was a project made by Steam Labs, a local makerspace. It’s like one of those High Striker carnival games where you smack a pad with a mallet as hard as you can. In this project, they used a force sensor and had people press it has hard as they could. I found it interesting because I had a similar concept in mind for a project… 🙂

 

It’s always great to see kids getting their hands dirty and having fun. The build-your-own-boat workshop and the accompanying boat race in the entrance water feature seemed like a hit once again.

For all of my pictures, visit the photo gallery on my website here: http://www.mwhprojects.com/gallery/Maker-Festival-2016

I expect to be back at the Festival next year. It’s become a life goal to have something on display there at some point… 😉

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Maker Festival Toronto 2015!

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Nathan Phillips Square in downtown Toronto.

The Toronto Mini Maker Faire leveled up this year to the Maker Festival, a week long maker celebration with events around the city that wrapped up with exhibits and workshops at the Toronto Reference Library over the weekend. Here are a few pictures I took from the event:

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The giant cardboard Preying Mantis greets visitors near the Maker Festival entrance.
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“Monsters in the Lake” is a workshop where kids race their own hand-built boats in the Toronto Reference Library’s entrance water feature.
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R2D2 greets visitors at the entrance to the Maker Festival.
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The “Glowatorium”.
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Cool LED dresses in the Glowatorium.
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The Metro Marine Modellers of Toronto had some of their incredibly detailed models on display.
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Humber College makers showing off some of their creations, including what appears to be a giant Lite Brite (nostalgia!).
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There were plenty of robots on hand at the Maker Festival. They varied in size, from table-top Lego robots, to this metal mobile robot that could pick up tennis balls off the floor.

See you next year, Maker Festival!