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:


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


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


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


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


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


Solar cooked baked apples on the Science Center great lawn.


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


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


Genius Human-Powered Snow Cone Machine by Joe Donoughe.


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


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


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!