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Maker Faire @ The Tech

Press Release Date 
Wednesday, 20 June, 2012

Museum to host first-ever installation of maker projects from renowned celebration of art, science and technology

SAN JOSE - Nearly two dozen exhibits from Maker Faire® Bay Area 2012, the wildly popular do-it-yourself technology treasure trove that celebrates the spirit of creativity and invention, are up at The Tech Museum through mid-August.

The display – a first for any museum in the country since Maker Faire’s 2006 debut – marks the start of a partnership between like-minded institutions that recognize and encourage regular people doing innovative things using art, science and technology, said Vice President of Exhibits Lath Carlson.

“Since the inception of The Tech Museum, its focus has been celebrating the spirit of DIY and garage innovation for which Silicon Valley is famous,” Carlson continued. “Maker Faire at The Tech gives visitors a chance to interact with innovative exhibits made by all kinds of people and to make unique creations of their own.”

Twenty exhibits will be housed in a 4,000-square-foot gallery on the museum’s lower level until mid-August. The exhibits – from as far away as Argentina, New York and North Carolina - spring from the imaginative minds of artists, hackers, engineers, crafters and tinkerers. Among the experiential, hands-on collection:

Art Strobe: Change patterns on a spinning, brilliantly lighted wheel
Super Skee Ball Shooter: Use motion control to target and launch projectiles
Posables: Use your skill to make animatronic figures jump on a trampoline or swing

Maker culture is community based, and the Internet provides huge opportunities for networking and information-sharing. The idea of "open source" is expanding to include more than just computer software, and is bringing about more and more DIY innovations through the free sharing of ideas. It affects the work and lives of designers, students, hobbyists, technicians, artists, robot fanatics, Lego fans, crafting devotees, hackers, engineers, scientists, knitters, woodworkers, and others. It's not just about the creations, but also about rethinking the tools, practices, and frameworks of creation as you do it yourself. Then you share it with the world. 

“We are thrilled to be working with The Tech on a variety of projects throughout the year,” said Maker-in-Chief, Sherry Huss of O’Reilly Media’s MAKE division. “They understand the importance of making, tinkering, hands-on learning and education.” 
 
Special museum programming will be paired with the exhibition, including guidance for visitors on how to maximize creativity and be inspired to innovate on their own.
 
Maker Faire originally began in the Bay Area to support the editorial goals of MAKE magazine and to create an annual gathering place for makers. Since then, Maker Faires have sprouted up around the country since its inception six years ago in San Mateo. Maker Faire visitors are treated annually to a smorgasbord of creative, colorful invention, design challenges, “DIY” projects and video games, and this year a two-stories-tall metal dragon that actually breathed fire.
 
**EDS: The gallery is open for photo ops during fine-tuning. Museum and Maker Faire representatives are also available for interviews.
 
Contacts
Roqua Montez

Director Public Relations
(408) 795-6225
 
Bridgette Vanderlaan
Director, Marketing and PR
Maker Faire
(727) 278-2888
 
About The Tech Museum
The Tech Museum is a hands-on technology and science museum for people of all ages and backgrounds. The museum—located in the Capital of Silicon Valley —is a non-profit learning resource established to engage people in exploring and experiencing technologies affecting their lives. Through programs such as The Tech Challenge presented by Cisco, our annual team-design competition for youth, and internationally renowned programs such as The Tech Awards presented by Applied Materials, Inc., The Tech Museum endeavors to inspire the innovator in everyone.
 
About Maker Faire
The inaugural Maker Faire was held in San Mateo, CA in 2006. Maker Faire Bay Area celebrated its seventh annual Bay Area event in May 2012 with over 110,000 people in attendance. As Maker Faire has grown in popularity and relevance, additional Faires were launched in 2010 in Detroit and New York City. Community-driven, independently produced Mini Maker Faire events inspired by Maker Faire are now being produced around the United States and the World. Maker Faire is supported by MAKE magazine and O'Reilly Media, the information source for leading-edge computer technologies. For more information about Maker Faire, please visit makerfaire.com