SSD members turned out in force the the mini maker fair held at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and the crowd was fantastic.
Jim’s Drawbot was a huge draw — one girl adored it and was thrilled when he gave her the drawing it had just made!
Terry’s soccer scoring system got the most interest and kids loved rolling tennis balls through the goalposts and watching it mark their point. Pictured behind is the mini version of John English’s Soundpuddle, set up by Tijlon.
Jennifer’s automatic dog play system also entertains kids pretty well!
Dan’s remote car had lots of kids mugging for its camera.
I had lots of fun walking around with my video T-shirt and explaining how it worked. Mostly though, kids just stared at it, mesmerized.
Turnout was excellent for other booths, with the return of many popular exhibits and new ones, too.
One of my all-time favorites is a group that deconstructs old pinball machine mechanisms and explain how they work. Very hands-on, it’s much easier to see how a mechanical score counter works than an electronic one.
Denhac had a lockpicking workshop, where kids could try to escape from handcuffs. They also had some great lights in the darker area of the Faire
Zoe Doubleday’s Haptika series of therapy gloves were a hit —
I didn’t get the guy who made these beautiful electronic quilts — he was one of many participants who also did amazing things:
Human foosball, of course!
I fell in love with these hacked furby skeletons!
Looking forward to future Mini Maker Faires!