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.

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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… 😉


Maker Festival Toronto 2015!

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:

The giant cardboard Preying Mantis greets visitors near the Maker Festival entrance.
“Monsters in the Lake” is a workshop where kids race their own hand-built boats in the Toronto Reference Library’s entrance water feature.
R2D2 greets visitors at the entrance to the Maker Festival.
The “Glowatorium”.
Cool LED dresses in the Glowatorium.
The Metro Marine Modellers of Toronto had some of their incredibly detailed models on display.
Humber College makers showing off some of their creations, including what appears to be a giant Lite Brite (nostalgia!).
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!