It’s hard to believe, but we are only two days away from this year’s Maker Faire and we wanted to share some of the cool stuff that will be happening at the Exploratorium booth down in San Mateo on May 18th and 19th!
For the first time ever, we are moving our entire booth from the expo hall into an outdoor space and will be experimenting with branching out throughout the faire with mobile exhibits and explainer pop-ups. The rickshaw obscura will be out and about on the grounds, giving people a unique viewpoint on the spectacle of the event.
In addition to piloting the camera obscura bicycle, the explainers will be making clouds and finding north at the outdoor demo station (which happens to be placed right next to a xylophone bicycle made by frequent tinkering studio collaborator Micheal Brown).
In the booth we will be exploring the science of skateboarding in a giant parklet with an ollie practicing stations.
Maker Faire stalwarts like Paul D, Ron, and Julie will be doing demonstrations that work best in the outdoors environment like viewing the sun and checking out reflections of the light made with CDs. There will be demonstrations at the maker bench of Natalie and Paula showing the mathematical properties of spirographs and artifacts from the Bay Lights project.
In a tube-walled workshop space, we’ll also be trying out chalk scribbling machines for the first time. If the weather cooperates we’ll also be attaching solar panels in an attempt to create sustainable drawing mechanisms that could roam the faire on their own until they find an unfortunate patch of shade.
There will also be some interesting talks by and about the Exploratorium happening during the event:
On Saturday from 4:30-5:00, our director Dennis Bartels will be leading a presentation on the Center Stage about the Making of the New Exploratorium with the tagline how do you take a beloved San Francisco institution, dismantle it, build it an entirely new, Net-Zero home, move all of its exhibits–living and otherwise, upgrade it with over 150 new exhibits, and still open on time?
Should be fascinating!
SHAMELESS PLUG ALERT – Luigi and I will be part of a conversation with folks from the Tech Museum and Lawrence Hall of Science on Hosting Open Makes at Your Organization from 3:30-4:00 on Saturday at the Education Stage. Come and cheer us on!
We’ll be setting up the booth over the next couple of days and then be ready to roll (pun intended) on Saturday morning). If you are headed down to San Mateo for Maker Faire be sure to come by, check out our booth and say hi!