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Maker Faire at The Tech

Special Exhibition ended August 17, 2012

Unleash your inner Maker at The Tech Museum this summer. We are celebrating Maker culture by showcasing 20 projects selected from the Maker Faire® Bay Area 2012. Makers take high-tech tools and create playful projects. They turn their passions into something tangible and fun. They share their projects to inspire others to become Makers too. And they do it all for the love of Making.

Become a Maker in our summer exhibit as you build anything you can imagine out of giant cardboard blocks, geometric foam shapes, and other innovative modeling materials – from playing cards to masking tape. Sculpt circuits out of surprisingly conductive play-dough as you create sculptures that light up, twirl around, and make fun buzzing sounds.

Play with huge cardboard robot arms and high-tech puppets that swing and jump on a trampoline. See what happens when you combine simple circuits and motors with everyday objects like markers, clocks, and scrub brushes. Meet robots designed to draw, keep track of time, and scrub the floor!

Come see what everyone’s talking about
Only at The Tech Museum
Free with museum admission

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


Maker: Ayah Bdeir Founder

littleBits is an open-source kit of electronic components. The components snap to each other...

Maker: Ann Marie Thomas, University of St. Thomas, St. Thomas, MN

Squishy Circuits uses two versions of homemade...

Makers: Karl Wendt, Ali Sandoval, Josh Jarboe, and Shelma Soto

This ‘bot swims in water. It also displays an emotional...

Makers: Christopher Myers and Anne Mayoral, San Francisco, CA

SpinBots are made with laser-cut parts, zip ties, and...

Makers: Jason Lentz and Ian McCullough, Brisbane, CA

Giant Cardboard Robots are arm extensions that make you look like a...

Maker: RobotGroup, Shanghai, China and Buenos Aires, Argentina

Multiplo is a robot prototyping kit with a visual...

Maker: Randy Safaran, Community Manager Instructables/Autodesk, San Francisco, CA

Simple bots are whimsical robots...

Maker: Michael Newman, Sherman Oaks, CA 

Shoot ping-pong balls at a target using hand gestures. This game, like the...

Maker: David Thomasson, Fairfax, CA

Big Ball Maze Game is an update to a traditional maze and ball game. With this...

Maker: Kyle Doerksen, Mountain View, CA

Kyle wanted to re-create the feeling of snowboarding or surfing without having...

Makers: Ioana Browne, Michael Browne, Mircea Draghicescu, and Carmen Ionescu , Palo Alto, CA

You can make a variety of...

Makers: Evan Murphy, Marshall Grinstead, and Michael Woods, E&M Labs, Menlo Park, CA

Skallops is a construction...

Maker: Tommy Murrah, Durham, NC

Thinker Linkers are interlocking wooden planks and pieces based on a design from 1950s...

Maker: Aviva Raskin, San Francisco, CA

Bloxes, as the name suggests, are a cross between cardboard boxes and building...

Maker: Danny Scheible, Sacramento, CA

Tapigami makes sculptures out of of variety of tapes. The globe in our gallery...

College of Environmental Design at UC Berkeley 

Makers: Ronald Rael, Virginia San Fratello, Emily Licht, Nick Buccelli,...

Maker: Leif Maginnis, Los Angeles, CA

ArtStrobe is an interactive, kinetic light sculpture. You can create a variety...

Makers: Michael Regalbuto and Bob Brown, Santa Clara, CA

A Posable has articulated joints you can position. Some...

Makers: Stanton Clark and Carrie Weaver, O Yeah Toys, Sebastopol, CA

Stanton and Carrie stitched together geometric...

Maker: Lindsay Lawlor, San Diego, CA

Coming to The Tech July 23, The Electric Giraffe Project is an electromechanical...