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Gallery: Maker Faire Orlando Draws 15,000
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Woodworker Canlin Frost demos a pedal powered vintage band saw.

The numbers are in! Last weekend, 15,000 people attended the 4th annual Maker Faire Orlando, enjoying over 300 Maker exhibits, workshops, talks, and demonstrations. Makers occupied three major galleries and every hallway nook on every floor of the Orlando Science Center, and for the first time, exhibits stretched across Loch Haven Park and into the foyer and side galleries of the Orlando Museum of Art.

You might wonder: that large a Maker Faire in Orlando, home of the Disney Mecca?! Turns out there is a very healthy Maker scene in this part of Florida, what with an active aerospace industry, as well as a number of university engineering graduate programs. Also, the Faire benefits from a very strong, Maker-based organizing team out of FamiLAB Makerspace who are bolstered by the good team at the Orlando Science Center.

Here’s a glimpse back at some of the fun had on day two of the event:

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Carpenter-in-Residence for the Art & History Museums – Maitland, Canlin is a local furniture designer and craftsman specializing in traditionally handcrafted heirloom furniture and antique furniture repair. Here he demos a homemade wood lathe.
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Kal with his dad Grimjack73’s conjoined robot prototype named “Wormy.”
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FamiLAB, showing proud as the founding Makerspace behind the Faire.
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FamiLAB’s Power Wheels Racing modified electric toy car.
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Electric skateboard prototype by Webber Eboards
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Chocolate covered habanero Jerky anyone? Maker Faire Maker mashup! The jerky maker and the chocolate lady got together and dipped all three flavors of beef jerky in chocolate.
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An adorable participant in the chocolate molding workshop.
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Maker Faire Orlando co-founder Dave Casey with bio experiments in the FamiLAB booth.
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Father and son marvel at Jonathan Thompson’s marble run sculptures.
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Cool Raspberry Pi mod by Mac Rutan: add a view screen to an older analog microscope
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A miniland-scale (1:20) model of the Maker Faire itself, built out of LEGO by Daniel Pikora.
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Yes indeedy — the “World’s Largest Video Game” — just for the heck of it!
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Curiosity Hacked Guild 019 and the ever-popular compressed air rockets.
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Belinda Glennon, teacher at Crealde School of Art, sculpting a clay tower with help from attendees.
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DuinoKit was made by a teacher looking simple and fun, hands-on method to share the love of inventing and developing with electronics with his students.
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Brad Silcox’s “TapBx” cooler prototype.
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Incredible pizza oven truck by @900Degrees.
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Large-scale tropical accident scene by Justin Skipper/Franchise.
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The Art Museum of Orlando came on as a venue partner this year for the first time, greatly expanding indoor exhibit space.

Also, be sure to catch my “Day One” roundup post on Maker Faire Orlando 2015.

Keep making, Florida, and see you next year!

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Sabrina is the Maker Faire Program Director. She works on stage content for the flagship fairs (Bay Area & New York), and also runs Maker Faire's global licensing program for locally and independently produced Maker Faires. She also co-creates the East Bay Mini Maker Faire in her town, Oakland, CA.

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