This Weekend: Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire

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This Weekend: Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire


Pittsburgh’s third annual mini maker faire is set for Sunday, Aug. 18 at Buhl Community Park and the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.

The event is a co-presentation of the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and HackPittsburgh. Organizers are getting help from the Spark Fund, the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School, Pepsi, Agora Cyber Charter School, and pairNetworks.

There are more than 70 maker exhibits planned for the fair, everything local roboticists to hackers to kid inventors. Here are some of the projects and makers you’ll see at the event:

Robot Takeover
The FIRST Robotics Teams will be showing their stuff. The Girls of Steel Robotics Program will show off their Frisbee shooting, pyramid climbing robot, EVE.The Sarah Heinz Advanced Robotics Program’s robot can play Ultimate Assent. FIRST Robotics offers Fairegoers a chance to drive robots in the competition field using hand-held controllers.

The Girls of Steel competing in St. Louis in 2011.

Game of Drones
Kind of like basketball except with a drones and ping pong balls.

Cuddly Circuits
Knitted stuffed animals augmented e-textiles and electronics. Children and adults are invited to cuddle these creations and find out how they work.

Rookie of the Gear pitching machine
See the first trial run of the pitching machine/trebuchet created at the MAKESHOP makerspace in the Pittsburgh Children’s Museum. Teaching artists and kids visiting the museum have built a large-scale trebuchet that will make its debut pitch at PNC Park Sept. 1 when it hurls the first pitch in a Pirates’ game. This video about it below is playing on the scoreboard at Pirate home games.

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Stett Holbrook is editor of the Bohemian, an alternative weekly in Santa Rosa, California. He is a former senior editor at Maker Media.

He is also the co-creator of Food Forward, a documentary TV series for PBS about the innovators and pioneers changing our food system.

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