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Elsie the dragon is an interactive animatronic sculpture. She is 7.5 meters long with a 6 meter wing span. Elsie can flap and fold her wings and snap her mouth, bend her neck and flick her tail about. She is controlled by an operator or by the public via sets of switches around a safety barrier. The crowd can collaborate to create coordinated movements. Elsie's propane gas system allows her to spit fire; she can also breathe smoke.

Check out an exciting weekend as Maker Faire Hannover returns on July 5-6 2014! Read more »


The 2nd Annual Barcelona Mini Maker Faire has concluded with plentiful smiles all around. The estimates are in and between 2 thousand and 3 thousand people attended the event. The makers in attendance were of an amazingly wide variety of backgrounds, from food to giant robots and everything in between.... Read more »

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The Kansas City Maker Faire is all wrapped up and everyone who was there will agree it was an absolute blast. There were simply too many really cool people and projects to show them all in this video. However, you will get a pretty good taste for what the Kansas... Read more »


“That looks like fun,” Dawn Thomas said to me. “Let’s build a vehicle to compete in that.” Read more »


What story are you writing with your life? Tell me your story. But first, remember with me Kevin Brooks, a dear friend and mentor who passed away three months shy of his 56th birthday, which would have been today. I first met him at the MIT Media Lab, where his... Read more »


The 4th annual Maker Faire Kansas City starts tomorrow morning! Being a Missouri native myself, this particular Maker Faire holds a special place in my heart. This was the first place I saw Arc Attack, and I have countless fond memories of the breathtaking location, the Union Station. As we... Read more »


Amy Oyler has made homeschooling into a project, and homeschooling has made Amy Oyler into a maker. Her blog, The Scientific Mom, tracks Oyler’s hands-on projects as she teaches science to 8-year-old Kat. Amy started writing it to explain this whole homeschooling idea to friends and family, but it has... Read more »