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7.07.2012

Are You a Maker? A Trip to the Maker Faire



Recently I had the pleasure of attending the Maker Faire
in Northern California as part of the Delta Faucet Team.


After attending the Delta DIY Blogger event last year I have had a new found appreciation for all things faucet - the technology, the design, and that research and work that goes into making not just a faucet but an amazing line of products. It was a pleasure to see some familiar faces and work with some new faces.

As one of the sponsors of this year's Maker Faire,
Delta Faucet proves they are committed to the Maker movement and the community who lives to create and inspire and make our lives better, and more interesting!


Being a part of the Delta team at the Maker Faire was about more than faucets.
It was a pleasure to see people’s reaction to Delta's design, 
technology and innovations in their field. 
The Touch2O technology was especially popular.
Heck…I still am in awe of it!
I could play with water all day!

equation for capacitance

People LOVED testing their capacitance,
and taking a stab at the installation time trials –
with Delta’s EZ Anchor! So easy, even a ten year old (my boy!)
can install it in about 2 minutes
(more experienced DIYers did it in less than one minute!)
Oh, and since we are talking about Makers...
many wanted to know how they can use this same technology
in other adaptions and inventions.

I have attended the Maker Faire before so I knew what to expect...or so I thought. Attending the Faire as part of one of the Delta Faucet team put a whole next perspective on the Faire and what exactly being a Maker means. I honestly had never thought of myself as a “Maker.” Makers make amazing things...innovative things...things that use technology...things that are totally original and unique.

For two days we walked the Faire and were introduced to Makers
many, many Makers of all kinds - 
Makers  that make just about anything and everything
and personify this spirit of the being a Maker and an innovator.


Her are just a few samples of some amazing Makers.
(I will be highlighting some more of my favorite Makers in the next week too!)

The Electric Giraffe Project by Lindsay Lawler


Gorgeous soaps by Blushie
I have never seen handmade soaps this gorgeous!

The Viper…a motion controlled flight simulator built by high school students!

Living art! Terrariums from Living Ambiance

A Banana Piano from MaKey MaKey– oh yes they make music!

Mobile Muffins and Cupcake Cars from Acme Muffineering


Flameworking glass beads by Jenine Bressner

The simple magic of bubbles!

Unique treats!
Popsicles made with a wide variety of unusual ingredients
made this once typical treat gourmet heaven!
The perfect way to end a day!

The Makers at the Maker Faire are passionate and curious and creative and always looking for the next way to be innovative, to improve on something, or create something completely new.


This not only describes Delta Faucet to a "T" ( or a “D”)
but it also made me realize that Makers are all around us.
I attended this Maker Faire and was part of it with new eyes..
the eyes of a Maker!
...yes I do consider myself a Maker now!



Do you consider yourself a Maker????
I asked this question on facebook and it was great to hear so many say they did consider themselves to be Makers!
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disclosure: I was invited by Delta Faucets to attend the Maker Faire as their guest. All opinions are my own.

6.25.2012

Kids and Cardboard: Cheap and Easy Fun!

Seven years ago today we moved into this house.
My son and I knew no one and were bored...very bored.
I used our moving boxes to make houses, dump trucks, and rocket ships.
The rocket ship actually survived for 3 years!
Image credit: bortn66 / 123RF Stock Photo 


I had forgotten all about this...
Until my memory was jogged when I was at the Maker Faire with Delta Faucet. We came across the Berkeley Institute of Design's Crowd-Powered Bridge Design and Research Project. I was reminded of the rockets ship and thought this would make a fun summer activity for my kids and their friends.

The exhibit at the Maker Faire

Fast forward to today...we had some friends over to celebrate my son's birthday
and I had tons of cardboard...
and thought, let's give this a shot!

We had 2 groups of kids:
older kids ranging from 9-11 years old and
younger kids ranging from 5 to 8 year old.

At first they seemed hesitant, but ready to give it a go.
I showed them the photo I took at the Maker Faire
and the older kids went with it-
taping, ripping, and building with cardboard for a couple of hours.


The younger kids needed a bit of help, but also got in on the action...
first they drew some picture to decorate it -
that was more important to the little ones.


Here is how to do it and what you need
to make your own bridge/ramp/contraption!

SUPPLIES
Cardboard: boxes, shoe boxes, poster board, craft paper - whatever you have around! I picked up a few rolls of kraft/shipping paper at the dollar store just in case.

Tape: No need to get high quality tape...I bought the $1 tape and clear packing tape from the dollar store too. I figured the cheaper tape was fine, since I do not plan on keeping these forever. (just FYI - it has a strong scent so use in a ventilated area)

Scissors (optional)

MAKE IT!

  1. Gather the kids.
  2. Suggested they collaborate first and draw a picture so each kid could visualize the end goal. I think this helps the kids combine forces more easily.
  3. Explain to them they are to work together to create a bridge or tower or whatever you want using only the cardboard and tape. At the Maker Faire the goal was to get a small toy car to roll over the bridge and for it to be high enough for a toy cardboard boat to go under the bridge. Our goal was that Jules could ride her trike under it.
  4. Give them each a roll of tape.
  5. Then turn them loose....it took a bit for them to start clicking...but then they did and worked together to build this bridge (or ramp).


Well, my visions of a grand bridge did not quite materialize.
The kids bridge looked like a ramp.

 They proceeded to launch the empty rolls of tape and Hot Wheels cars and Zoobles off of it. The Trike did fit under it...but most importantly, they had fun in the sun for hours and worked together to get a finished project.

The little kids also created a smaller version of a "bridge"
(or something!) and enjoyed it too.

Moral of the story...
everyday recyclables and things laying around the house and provide hours of fun and teach the kiddos a little something this summer!

The kids actually asked when they can do this again...
now, that is a winner idea in my book!

Do you have any simple, cheap, and easy idea for summer?

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