Kickin' it in the Tumble Leaf sculpture by Karen Cusolito.

Kickin’ it in the Tumble Leaf sculpture by Karen Cusolito.

For the first time ever, Maker Faire Bay Area started on Friday this year, and it was fantastic — hundreds of makers showing their stuff for thousands of lucky kids. Check out the photo gallery here for just a small preview of what you’ll see this weekend at Maker Faire.

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We call it [email protected], with special open hours of 1-5pm reserved for schools, community-based youth-serving organizations, and individual teachers and a smattering of other folks. (While there is a published cost on our website, any schools who cannot afford our low-cost tickets — but who know for sure that they can get their kids to the San Mateo County Expo Center — can contact us about discounts.) We hope to continue [email protected] Faire as part of the schedule for years to come.

Educators love Maker Faire. The weekend is bursting with learning opportunities with over a thousand inspiring Makers showcasing their projects alongside hands-on making opportunities, performances, and talks.

If you’d like to participate next year, check out makerfaire.com/teachers for info about field trips, prep materials, discounts, and getting free tickets as part of the teacher team.

And if you’re not a teacher or student, make your way to Maker Faire this weekend! The show runs 10am-8pm Saturday and 10am-6pm Sunday.