2016 Houston Mini-Makerfaire

George CarlsonEvents, Making, News

Imagine the Possibilities, our theme for the Makerfair

It was crazy!  The Mini-Makerfaire was held at the George R. Brown convention center on November 12 and 13. We had a 20′ x 20′ booth with lots of small projects for the kids to work on.  To select the project, the person would operate the large switch on the MakerBarn Robot Control Panel.  A large version of Makey would spin his “Wheel of Making” and randomly select a number for the project.

Jeanie and Greg are setting up the booth

Jeanie and Greg are setting up the booth

We had around 200 – 300 kids (and some adults) build the projects Greg created.  The booth was very crowded both Saturday and Sunday.

It was busy at The MakerBarn booth!

It was busy at The MakerBarn booth!

With all the clattering from Makey, and the constant use of the Aztec drum, we had to be the noisiest booth at the show.  Another big attraction was the Van de Graff Generator.  After a transfer belt change on Sunday morning, the generator was producing 10″ sparks.

Ouch! That thing is mean.

Ouch! That thing is mean.

Apologies to some of the other booths that may have had some interference from the Van de Graff.  It seemed to be upsetting a few computers in the area.

The stereo microscopes are always popular

The stereo microscopes are always popular.

People were amazed at what could be done with a laser cutter.

People were amazed at what could be done with a laser cutter.

Buttons, Spinners, Reindeer, Jack Knives, and Penny Tops were made by the dozens.  Thanks to all that made the booth such a success.