Maker Faire Bay Area, by far one of the coolest events, mixes science exploration, human curiosity, a pinch of flavor and a dash of whimsy. Everybody’s favorite DIY Festival is upon us taking over the San Mateo Fairgrounds May 21 & 22.
To get everyone psyched a Kids Club event will take place at the Hillsdale Mall on Saturday, May 14. The Maker Faire team will be setting up around 10am and the event runs from noon until 3pm. They are looking for Makers of all sizes to come out and join the Festival. If you are interested contact [email protected]!!
New this year is a wind-powered vehicle that travels faster than the wind; a robotic ball, the Sphero, that you control from your smartphone; the De-Car, or Driverless Errand Car, destined to pick up groceries of the future; and Socialbotics, DIY robots you control from your Facebook page.
The UC Berkeley Solar Vehicle team will also be on hand to race their sun-powered cars and the Because We Can collective shows visitors how to build secret doors into public spaces. Towering above it all is artist Zachary Coffin’s aptly named “Colossus,” a 70-foot-tall moving sculpture composed of stone and steel and only ever before seen at Burning Man.
Did you get your early bird tickets? Not yet you say? You can attend for free by volunteering four hours of your time. Your volunteer time can be scheduled all on one day or split between both days. In exchange you get a Maker Faire T-shirt and day pass to the Faire. A weekend pass is given to those who work 8 hours or more.
Volunteers will help assists in the following areas:
- Set Up Staff – Maker check-in and load-in
- MAKE Activity Area – support with keeping the area fun and safe
- Maker Shed (Bookstore) Assistants – General set-up and basic assembly of materials distributed and sold in the bookstore.
- Information Booth – Answer questions from the public regarding the attractions and their locations
- Make, Reuse & Recycle Coordinator – Monitor recycling stations throughout the Faire and educate Faire goers about proper disposal
- Maker Check-In Attendants – Assist Makers with check in, welcome packages and directing them to their location
- Maker Assistants – Help as needed with breaks and whatever they may need in the way of assistance to help showcase their project
- Crafter Assistants – Help as needed with breaks and whatever they may need in the way of assistance to help showcase their project
- General Runners – Task related assignments directed by the Show Office
- Crowd Control & Traffic Directionals – Help monitor traffic flow and give directions.
- Safety Waiver Stations – Assist with acquiring signatures on waivers and distributing wristbands.
- Education Day Docents – Serve as a tour guide for our school field trip previews or assist on Friday morning before Maker Faire.
If you are interested in volunteering there is a questionnaire and manual for your perusal. If you have any questions, please contact: [email protected]
From the R2-D2 droids that are seen zipping around the Faire to the delight of children and Star Wars enthusiasts, to the world famous talent, come celebrate MAKE Magazine’s 10th Maker Faire and sixth anniversary in the Bay Area.
Tickets for Maker Faire are available at Whole Foods, Exploratorium, online and day of.
Day price: via Internet purchased before May 12
Adult: $20, Student (13 – 21) $10, Youth (4-12) $5, Kids (3 and under) Free
Purchased After May 12
Adult: $25, Student (13 – 21) $15, Youth (4-12) $10, Kids (3 and under) Free
Weekend prices: via Internet purchased before May 12
Adult: $30, Student (13 – 21) $15, Youth (4-12) $10, Kids (3 and under) Free
Purchased After May 12
Adult: $50, Student (13-21) $30, Youth (4-12) $20, Kids (3 and under) Free
Saturday, 10am to 8pm; Sunday, 10am to 6pm