Strato Sculpin

Strato Sculpin

One pleasure of attending a Maker Faire is the treasure hunt. What’s new that you haven’t seen before? What tried-and-true classics can be found? What’s novel that merits attention? In discovering these at a Maker Faire you’ll have your best conversations and gain your greatest inspiration. So what was to be found at San Diego Mini Maker Faire?

Electric Giraffe

Electric Giraffe

The Electric Giraffe is a staple of Maker Faires but he’s never appeared at one in his home town of San Diego. We were pleased to finally have a fair and feature him as our unofficial mascot, decked out with Christmas frills. Two Bit Circus was another spectacular who delighted passersby with their STEAM Carnival, especially their Magic Mirror. The MIT Mobile Fab Lab made a showing to inspire us with digital fabrication in a mobile trailer. And then there was the behemoth of the show floor, High Tech High, with its 17 student-run booths making clear the point that making is central to their way of learning.

Charlie and Pearl

Charlie and Pearl

Then there are those passion-driven projects that have legs. ISS-Above has a very simple purpose for a lover of the International Space Station … it indicates when it’s passing overhead. Unique Dice Towers comes out of a long-standing passion for dice games and is what happens when you throw a laser cutter into the mix. feetZ are custom-fit, 3D-printed shoes. Charlie and Pearl are, as you might guess, unicorn bicycles which bring joy to every rider. Lastly there was 13-year old Gabriel’s pride and joy, his Wooden Electric Cart

DeskLights

DeskLights

Some passionate makers end up going pro. casEnse showed their sensing case which will have embed sensors in smart phone cases. The passion project of a father-and-son team, Onda Cycle mashes up biking and skating into one wild ride. AryaBall is the transformer ball-and-bat for many outdoor sports. DeskLights turns your desktop into an RGB indicator panel. And for those who want to apply automation to their cat box there was CatGenie.

STEAM Carnival's Magic Mirror

STEAM Carnival’s Magic Mirror

Given how weather caused this faire to migrate indoors and cancel exhibits, a few gems were not to be seen even if you looked hard. The Strato Sculpin, a creation of Starburner Couriers, was too much of a treasure to expose to the elements. The FIRST Robotics court where robots climb pyramids and shoot frisbees had too much water-sensitive electronics. Lastly, we missed the amazing electric car conversions of the Kick Gas Club. The silver lining? We know to invite them next year. The hunt for 2014 exhibitors has already begun!

Travis Good

Travis Good

Speaker. Maker. Writer. Traveler. Father. Husband.

MakerCon Co-Chair (MakerCon.com)
Maker City San Diego Roundtable Member
San Diego Maker Faire Producer (SDMakerFaire.org)


  • hal

    It would appear that, despite the weather, the Faire was a great success! Congrats to you and your team! Wish I could have been there. Will try for the one in Fairfax! Hal

  • http://dadsmake.com DadsMake

    Looks like it was a great event, even if it caught a rare rain day in SanDiego. Sad I could not attend, as I’m hoping my son can attend Hugh Tech High, but I’ll certainly be able to be there next year; at 2pm tomorrow, I’m moving back home to SanDiego!

    • http://make.goodpursuits.com/ TravisGood

      Welcome back to San Diego where yesterday Santas were surfing. If you’d like to do more than just attend Maker Faire next year then be sure to join our mailing list at SanDiegoMiniMakerFaire.org. We’re always looking for volunteers to help us plan and deliver. Oh, and Merry Christmas!

  • http://tinkerdad.blogspot.com Dave

    The faire was great, a little bit packed when I got there (probably due to the weather outside). Also not sure if they expected/planned for that many folks to show up, maybe the venue was moved due to the rain also which impacted space. Overall my daughters and I had a great time and can’t wait to see what next year brings.