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Karen Tanenbaum

Karen Tanenbaum

I am a technology researcher and designer; a Steampunk prop maker and costumer; a writer of both academic papers and blog posts; a voracious reader/watcher of science fiction. I am currently contributing to MAKE by writing about the Maker Faire. You can contact me via

Latest from Karen Tanenbaum

Bay Area Maker Education Day. (Gregory Hayes/MAKE)

It's Maker Faire weekend! Check out this round-up of some of the kid-friendly performances, exhibits, and activities taking place Saturday and Sunday at the San Mateo Event Center. Read more »

Gabriel with Anacleto (left) and Gabriel's dino illustrations (right)

The Maker Faire Bay Area brings in Makers from around the world, like 15 year-old Gabriel Diaz Yanten, who is coming all the way from Chile along with his animatronic dinosaur puppet, Anacleto. Anacelto is a 12.8 feet tall and 8.2 feet long T-Rex that Gabriel designed and built with... Read more »


Three weeks until Maker Faire Bay Area! Who's feeling prepared? Now's a good time to start thinking about all the final details for bringing your awesome project to Maker Faire. Read more »

Contraptions by Brian Matthews of Flapping Sprocket

Brian Matthews of Flapping Sprocket creates beautifully intricate machinery, wings, and other contraptions in his Los Angeles studio. For the second year running, he will be at the Maker Faire Bay Area as a mobile exhibit, roaming the Faire with his hand puppet Francis, a metal marvel finely articulated enough... Read more »

Luna Moth from bitwise E-textiles

Crafter and engineer Fay Shaw, founder of bitwise E-textiles, is bringing both her charming light-up plush kits and her experience as a woman engineer and Maker to the Maker Faire Bay Area. Read more »

JR, Jared and puppets

The Hello World Program would like to invite you to a Robot Puppet Party at the Maker Faire Bay Area next month. Hello World has been running for about a year, building a library of video tutorials on a variety of open source tech topics, narrated by handmade puppets. Guido... Read more »


Interested in learning more about the Maker Movement and helping make Maker Faire awesome? Join the Maker Corps for the upcoming Bay Area Maker Faire and get training and behind-the-scenes experience at the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth! Read more »