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The gates have just closed on the first day of Maker Faire. And man is our everything tired. It was an amazing first day, with gorgeous sunny skies, throngs of the curious and creatively-dressed, and some thousand makers enthusiastically chattering away about their clever creations. Here are a few highlights, taken from Maker Faire Daily:


This was a fun way to greet the beginning of the end.


Jeri Ellsworth (with a galvanic skin response-triggered light bulb on her head — ya know… like ya do) and Grant Imahara (from MythBusters)


They’re never to young to learn soldering, if you ask us


When Maker Faire art collides — Russell the Giraffe tries to take a nibble of stone from the Colossus

Nathaniel Cooney explains his valve-less pulse jet during the Young Makers session on the Innovation Stage.


Massimo Banzi, co-creator of Arduino, apparently being raptured during his standing room only talk on Center Stage. A fitting book-end to the day’s scenes.

See you tomorrow!

To stay abreast of the sights and sounds from the Faire, check out the Maker Faire Daily feed.

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.


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  1. Doug Kovach says:

    Excellent show from what I could see in Tucson AZ… Wish there were more live streaming cameras! 

  2. Anonymous says:

     Its been great so far!  Volunteering for friday was fun too – got to meet good people (incl Dale!) and get lay of land so saturday was better spent. Helping makers setup was fun… serving great food at dinner to em shoulder to shoulder with Dale was great.
    The Future of Education talk was interesting (and not just ’cause I got to sit next to Grant Imahara). The panelists (Jeri Elsworth, Ben Heck, Mitch Altman) and moderator Michele Dawson (of Napa County Office of Education) were talking about the how messed up education has become (at least in USA) with teaching for the standardized testing and Grades, rather than teaching how to learn etc.  Then there was the talking about how cool maker spaces are with people teaching each other and project based learning.  Then Michele asked about Open Source and she/panelists talked about how wonderful cool it is to have FOS hardware/software/cc licensed works, etc.

    All that made me wonder – where are the open source class materials, with teacher manuals and support forums, for teaching various aspects of Maker/Hacker activities? 
    Where are the shared class materials for even the basic maker classes? (intro to arduino, intro to paper engineering, intro to electronics, intro to 3d fabrication)

    Maker spaces often run classes on lots of topics. Can we share the pedagogy (class materials, plans) for these between us?  Can we use our resources to teach beyond the basic intro to xyz tech? 

  3. Anonymous says:

     Its been great so far!  Volunteering for friday was fun too – got to meet good people (incl Dale!) and get lay of land so saturday was better spent. Helping makers setup was fun… serving great food at dinner to em shoulder to shoulder with Dale was great.
    The Future of Education talk was interesting (and not just ’cause I got to sit next to Grant Imahara). The panelists (Jeri Elsworth, Ben Heck, Mitch Altman) and moderator Michele Dawson (of Napa County Office of Education) were talking about the how messed up education has become (at least in USA) with teaching for the standardized testing and Grades, rather than teaching how to learn etc.  Then there was the talking about how cool maker spaces are with people teaching each other and project based learning.  Then Michele asked about Open Source and she/panelists talked about how wonderful cool it is to have FOS hardware/software/cc licensed works, etc.

    All that made me wonder – where are the open source class materials, with teacher manuals and support forums, for teaching various aspects of Maker/Hacker activities? 
    Where are the shared class materials for even the basic maker classes? (intro to arduino, intro to paper engineering, intro to electronics, intro to 3d fabrication)

    Maker spaces often run classes on lots of topics. Can we share the pedagogy (class materials, plans) for these between us?  Can we use our resources to teach beyond the basic intro to xyz tech? 

  4. Anonymous says:

     Its been great so far!  Volunteering for friday was fun too – got to meet good people (incl Dale!) and get lay of land so saturday was better spent. Helping makers setup was fun… serving great food at dinner to em shoulder to shoulder with Dale was great.
    The Future of Education talk was interesting (and not just ’cause I got to sit next to Grant Imahara). The panelists (Jeri Elsworth, Ben Heck, Mitch Altman) and moderator Michele Dawson (of Napa County Office of Education) were talking about the how messed up education has become (at least in USA) with teaching for the standardized testing and Grades, rather than teaching how to learn etc.  Then there was the talking about how cool maker spaces are with people teaching each other and project based learning.  Then Michele asked about Open Source and she/panelists talked about how wonderful cool it is to have FOS hardware/software/cc licensed works, etc.

    All that made me wonder – where are the open source class materials, with teacher manuals and support forums, for teaching various aspects of Maker/Hacker activities? 
    Where are the shared class materials for even the basic maker classes? (intro to arduino, intro to paper engineering, intro to electronics, intro to 3d fabrication)

    Maker spaces often run classes on lots of topics. Can we share the pedagogy (class materials, plans) for these between us?  Can we use our resources to teach beyond the basic intro to xyz tech? 

  5. Anonymous says:

     Its been great so far!  Volunteering for friday was fun too – got to meet good people (incl Dale!) and get lay of land so saturday was better spent. Helping makers setup was fun… serving great food at dinner to em shoulder to shoulder with Dale was great.
    The Future of Education talk was interesting (and not just ’cause I got to sit next to Grant Imahara). The panelists (Jeri Elsworth, Ben Heck, Mitch Altman) and moderator Michele Dawson (of Napa County Office of Education) were talking about the how messed up education has become (at least in USA) with teaching for the standardized testing and Grades, rather than teaching how to learn etc.  Then there was the talking about how cool maker spaces are with people teaching each other and project based learning.  Then Michele asked about Open Source and she/panelists talked about how wonderful cool it is to have FOS hardware/software/cc licensed works, etc.

    All that made me wonder – where are the open source class materials, with teacher manuals and support forums, for teaching various aspects of Maker/Hacker activities? 
    Where are the shared class materials for even the basic maker classes? (intro to arduino, intro to paper engineering, intro to electronics, intro to 3d fabrication)

    Maker spaces often run classes on lots of topics. Can we share the pedagogy (class materials, plans) for these between us?  Can we use our resources to teach beyond the basic intro to xyz tech? 

  6. Anonymous says:

     Its been great so far!  Volunteering for friday was fun too – got to meet good people (incl Dale!) and get lay of land so saturday was better spent. Helping makers setup was fun… serving great food at dinner to em shoulder to shoulder with Dale was great.
    The Future of Education talk was interesting (and not just ’cause I got to sit next to Grant Imahara). The panelists (Jeri Elsworth, Ben Heck, Mitch Altman) and moderator Michele Dawson (of Napa County Office of Education) were talking about the how messed up education has become (at least in USA) with teaching for the standardized testing and Grades, rather than teaching how to learn etc.  Then there was the talking about how cool maker spaces are with people teaching each other and project based learning.  Then Michele asked about Open Source and she/panelists talked about how wonderful cool it is to have FOS hardware/software/cc licensed works, etc.

    All that made me wonder – where are the open source class materials, with teacher manuals and support forums, for teaching various aspects of Maker/Hacker activities? 
    Where are the shared class materials for even the basic maker classes? (intro to arduino, intro to paper engineering, intro to electronics, intro to 3d fabrication)

    Maker spaces often run classes on lots of topics. Can we share the pedagogy (class materials, plans) for these between us?  Can we use our resources to teach beyond the basic intro to xyz tech? 

  7. Where can you get those buttons! I looked all weekend for one…

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