Organizers of the inaugural New Jersey Makers Day say the numbers are still coming in, but they expect that they beat their original estimate of 5,000 attendees statewide. Over 350 people came to the Piscataway Public Library where I attended, and they seemed to be having a marvelous time.
There were workshops that required registration, like the Balancing Toy Challenge, the Light Up Your Day Motion Sensing Light, and a DIY Light Bulb. At the Piscataway location, volunteers and exhibitors had many other hands-on activities available as well. Creating LED wands and ornaments from pipe cleaners was popular with younger makers, and the Coding Cafe was available for makers age 8 or older to try out coding or 3D modeling.
With about 150 locations throughout the state, there was plenty of opportunity to participate. Each library had some of their own unique content, so depending on which location you attended, your experience varied. The slideshow below is just a sampling from a few locations.