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April 21, 2010 08:00 ET

Maker Faire's 5th Annual Bay Area Festival -- Come Experience the Cool Things That People Like You Can Do

Bringing Together Hackers, Artists, Scientists and Creatives of All Kinds to Share, Educate and Wow!

SEBASTOPOL, CA--(Marketwire - April 21, 2010) -  Maker Faire Bay Area, the 5th annual Bay Area festival, returns to the San Mateo County Event Center May 22nd and 23rd, 2010. Come build, craft, hack, play, and make at this unique festival that celebrates innovation.

Get ready to be inspired, motivated and awed by the amazing things people can do and create themselves -- from rockets and robots to sustainable foods and upcycled clothes. At Maker Faire, hackers, artists, scientists and creatives come together to share their ideas, passions, and projects large and small. Come meet interesting people doing cool things. We call them Makers

"Maker Faire brings together people, ideas and projects like nowhere else," explained Event Director Sherry Huss. "Maker Faire combines yesterday's County Fair structure with the technologies of tomorrow and the passions and interests of today, making for an unforgettable festival that's not to be missed. The future is in the hands of these Makers."

More than 600 Makers are scheduled to share their inventions at Maker Faire Bay Area. The festival is expected to draw more than 95,000 attendees from across the state, nation and beyond.

Here are some of the cool things you can learn, do, and see at Maker Faire:

  • Make hydrogen rockets and chlorophyll prints at Electronics Demystified
  • Learn how to compost with worms at Worms, Worms, Worms!
  • Turn used Wine Barrels into Traditional Japanese Taiko Drums
  • Build your own $10 microscope at DIY Biology
  • Learn how to use potato chips for science experiments, including chips, bags, tubes and lids at Potato Chip Science
  • Hear the world's first robotic Gamelan Orchestra at The Gamelatron
  • Learn "biohacking" at DIY Biology and Return of the Citizen Scientist
  • Play "Rock Paper Scissors" against an electronic glove at Technological Whimsy
  • Turn old clothes new at the Swap-O-Rama-Rama
  • Make blinky bugs with LED eyes at Blinkybugs and LED Art
  • And soooo much more.

This year's theme is Young Makers, with projects and activities designed around innovation and education, ready to engage and inspire the next generation of Makers.

"Maker Faire has sparked imaginations, stirred creative juices and inspired people to dream, create and build," said Dale Dougherty, editor and publisher of MAKE Magazine. "The inventor, the builder, the tinkerer, and the home lab technician; they all come together at Maker Faire to share their knowledge and passion for their projects, and to build community."

New this year at Maker Faire Bay Area 2010 will be the Raygun Gothic Rocketship; a kitschy, retro-futuristic 40-foot rocket that debuted this year at Burning Man. Also new this year are: the Flaming Lotus Girls, presenting Soma, a sculpture that translates the anatomy of neurons into metal, fire and light, magnifying the microscopic world to an epic scale; ArcAttack!, creators of the original Singing Tesla Coils, using high-tech wizardry to generate a truly 'electrifying' performance; and The Orb, a spherical surface display that can project any image or video.

Other must-see Makers and attractions include: EepyBird showing off their Diet Coke and Mentos Mega Fountains; always a fan favorite, the Rube Goldberg-style Life-Size Mousetrap; Robotic Warship Combat in the battle pond; and Tesla coils, robots and rockets to wow the crowd.

Tickets can be purchased online or at the retail locations listed below:

  • AAA offices: Potrero Hill, Lakeshore Plaza, Richmond District, Financial District, Daly City, San Mateo, Palo Alto, Redwood City, Menlo Park, and Mountain View
  • Cartoon Art Museum, San Francisco
  • Copperfield's Books: Calistoga, Healdsburg, Napa, Petaluma, Santa Rosa, and Sebastopol
  • Exploratorium, San Francisco
  • Whole Foods Markets: San Mateo, Redwood City and Potrero Hill

For more ticket information, please visit:

  Advance Online Purchase Price (through midnight 5/12/2010) Advance Retail Locations Purchase Price (through 5/23/2010) Onsite
Adult $20.00 $20.00 $25.00
Student (13 to 20) $10.00 $10.00 $15.00
Youth (4 to 12) $5.00 $5.00 $10.00
Kids (3 & under) Free Free Free

Weekend passes are only available online, or onsite at the full price. 

About Maker Faire
Maker Faire is being held on May 22 & 23, 2010 at the San Mateo County Event Center. Started in San Mateo, California in 2006, and now expanding to Detroit and New York, Maker Faire is the premier event for grassroots American innovation. Held annually in each of these locations, the event may expand elsewhere in the future. Maker Faire is supported by MAKE Magazine ( and O'Reilly Media, the premier information source for leading-edge computer technologies. The company's books, conferences and web sites bring to light the knowledge of technology innovators.

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