TYLER, March 27, 2013-- On Saturday, March 23, 2013, More than 1,000 people braved overcast skies and fierce thunderstorms to launch the first Maker Faire in east Texas. Discovery Science Place worked with the City of Tyler and area businesses like Suddenlink & Motivation Science to bring together exhibitors from throughout the state to share creations, inventions and ideas.
For months, a cadre of community volunteers has been working behind the scenes with Make Magazine to put on what many in the Maker movement call “The Greatest Show on Earth.”
Guests and exhibitors took over the entire Discovery Science Place complex and the adjoining street. Over 80 “Makers” showed projects they created using old and new technology and good old fashion creativity.
Robbie Jones brought his son Davis to the event, not sure what to expect. “I was surprised to see how many creative, technical people had come out to show off their projects,” says Jones. “We particularly enjoyed the robotics and 3D printing demonstrations.”
Vendors also enjoyed the Faire. “Coming to the Mini Makerfaire was an absolute blast,” says Zimmer Barnes, an entrepreneur from Austin who showcased and sold his Zimtelligence Apollo solar powered cell phone chargers.
ArcAttack, sponsored by Motivation Science was electrifying, as promised. The crew, who were contestants on America’s Got Talent rocked the crowd with its high energy performance of Tesla coil instruments and a robotic drummer, but also stayed around after each show to talk to attendees about the science and technology behind what they do—information they also share at schools in curriculum that is approved by the National Science Education Standards.
Discovery Science Place is looking to keep the Maker momentum going year round. “We are going to take a short break before we begin planning for next year’s Maker Faire” says DSP CEO Phil Lindsey. “We not only anticipate double digit growth for this event for the next several years, but we are also investigating the possibility of a year round “Makerspace”, for people to get access to floor space & technologies in which to make their creations. As a science center we want to encourage that kind of creativity and give the Makers a place to display them here.”
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