Back in May I gathered up the boys in my house (that's all I have to gather in my house) and took them to Maker Faire Austin. In our house we encourage creativity and "puttering" on days when it's time to let the mind quiet and turn off electronics. One Christmas my oldest son got a box of different types of duct tape and supplies as a gift. It was a hit. So, when a friend told me about Maker Faire I knew we'd fit right in.
What is a Maker Faire? On the website it's simply described as:
Maker Faire is a family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement.
The Maker movement has had a name since the early 2000s, but really, when hasn't there been a maker movement? Knitters are makers, tinkerers are makers, and anyone who puts things together with their own hands are makers. What is unique about the movement now is that there are many kits and tools that allow you to easily make some amazing items at home and share with other makers worldwide.
At the Austin faire there were Lego building stations (a favorite), robots, sewing tables, crafts, role play sword building stations, fire, a cardboard city, and more. We could have spent all day there and I don't think my oldest would have left the Lego area.
I was able to speak to Bernadette Noll who lead the craft corner and captured our discussion on the VeryPink Knits podcast. The sewing area was impressive, with repurposed fabrics and people creating imaginative creations on the spot. Enjoy the slideshow below of some of our favorite finds.
Maker Faires are all over the world and the movement is growing. If you don't have one in your own town or school, there are ways you can start one. There are Maker Faire camps, a magazine, a sharing site, and shopping for kits. Makers gonna make!