If there's a more inspiring way for young creators to spend a Saturday than going to a Maker Faire, I don't know about it.
Try This At Home
For SEVEN hours we soaked in all the vast and varied things that human hands can do.
It was mind boggling. I began to think that perhaps Dr. Seuss had this very thing in mind when he wrote "Oh the Thinks You can Think".
But then these folks don't just think, now do they? Oh no. They DO!
They glass blow and metal smith, they woodwork, weave, knit, carve, polish, build, hammer and dream.
There were robot wars (at once the geekiest and most fun thing EVER), a life size game of mousetrap and entire cities built of Legos.
There were bikes like nothing we'd ever seen – a rattlesnake and a butterfly bike with wings that must have been 10 feet tall,
There were art cars, including our favorite, which had enumerable singing fish and lobsters performing everything from classical to Queen.
There were stone polishing devices and catapults, rockets and robots. Some painted, some launched ping pong balls, and still other robots that threw flame or drew intricate designs on eggs while others worked their way through mazes and obstacle courses.
There were places to build with paper and tape, there were buckets of this and that and rows of glue guns just for your making pleasure – you could add your own touch to the giant sculpture in progress.
There were sustainable food vendors and folks who've dreamt up new uses for solar power or built engines that run on warm water.
And there was more, so much more.
In the end, I think that it was the Diet Coke and Mentos guys who said it best.
They told the crowd that if there was only one thing to take away from Maker Faire it was that everyone present should try this, try ALL this, at home!
And believe me, they were preaching to the choir. I know a couple of young men who left with nothing, if not hands that are just itching make and do.