The first day of the 4th annual Maker Faire Orlando was a huge success today at the Orlando Science Center. Thousands enjoyed an unbelievable quantity and range of exhibits and workshops — more than 300 of them!

This is a big Maker Faire. There’s obviously a deep geek core in this region; lots of tech projects and great hacks. Solid, connected Makerspace communities (FamiLAB & Factur) driving content, and a supportive institution in the Orlando Science Center to enable the show. There’s no way to see it all in one day. Here’s some of the fun from Day One:

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Amazing video game & console project by 6th and 7th graders at Sanford Middle School, leveraging Arduino, Raspberry Pi & coding instructions from the free ebook at InventwithPython.com.

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KrazyKart racing — the first we’ve seen at a Maker Faire — for interstitial fun between Power Wheels racing heats.

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Witch Doctor, a current BattleBots contender, in the robot combat room where 20 “insect weight” bots competed throughout the day.

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DIY laser tag gun and shooting range by the Orlando Curiosity Hacked guild.

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Cool Raspberry Pi mod by Mac Ratun: add a view screen to an older analog microscope.

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Solar cooked baked apples on the Science Center great lawn.

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One part of “Aging Technology,” an installation by JT Smalley in the second show venue, the Orlando Museum of Art.

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Food trucks and tents with more Makers, in gorgeous Lockhaven Park, connected the Science and Art Museum indoor venues.

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Genius Human-Powered Snow Cone Machine by Joe Donoughe.

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The man who makes humans into snow cone-chasing-hamsters: Joe Donoughe.

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An overview into one of the 4 big museum gallery spaces.

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Kathryn Neel of Sappho Chocolates poured this 8lb chocolate Makey in a silcone mold that was printed & cast by makers Jessica King and Carlos Vega.

See you tomorrow for Day Two of Florida’s largest celebration of making, invention and creativity!