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September 20, 2010 15:35 ET

Media Alert: World Maker Faire Comes to New York

Broadcast Opportunities and Activities

QUEENS, NY--(Marketwire - September 20, 2010) - World Maker Faire will be held at the New York Hall of Science, and is expecting over 30,000 attendees and over 460 unique projects and performances.

Broadcast Opportunities and activities include:

WORLD MAKER FAIRE 

When: 
Sat., Sept. 25th 10 am - 7 pm 
Sun., Sept. 26th 10 am - 6 pm
Where:
World Maker Faire at the New York Hall of Science
47-01 111th Street
Queens, NY 11368
718-699-0005
Located in Flushing Meadows Corona Park
What: This New York Inaugural, 2-day family-friend event could be described as the love-child creation of Martha Stewart and Bill Gates -- DIY-resourcefulness coupled with technological wizardry makes for an interesting and enjoyable festival. Think Robots, Hacked-lawnmower-turned-into-a-pottery-wheel, and fashion that changes color with your mood. 

Maker Faire combines yesterday's County Fair with the technologies of the future and the passions and interests of today, making for an unforgettable festival that's not to be missed. The event celebrates creativity and resourcefulness in all forms.

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS 

ArcAttack! 
What:
Creators of the original Singing Tesla Coils, the crew of ArcAttack use their high tech wizardry to generate a truly 'electrifying' performance. Two custom engineered hand built Tesla Coils throw out electrical arcs up to twelve feet long, each one acting as an instrument with a sound reminiscent of the early days of the synthesizer. A robotic drum set accompanies the spectacle, its high power LED's flashing bright colors with the stroke of each mechanically actuated stick, while ArcAttack's six members churn out rhythmic instrumental melodies. Live instruments meet drum loops and samples to produce rock, electronica and indie with a splash of punk and a dash of metal served with a side of pop. During the show, the MC engages both the crowd and the Tesla Coils by walking through 1/2 Million Volt sparks wearing the relatively thin layer of a chain mail Faraday suit. This high power performance is unique in its elements and energy, being at the same time mesmerizing and energetically thrilling.

The Madagascar Institute Chariot Races 
What: The Madagascar Institute is hosting maker made Chariot Races in the style of Ben Hur. More info here: http://madagascarinstitute.com/chariot-race-entry-fom/

Jankety, cobbled together, dangerous-to-even-look-at chariots, pedal-powered versus jet-powered versus people-pulling-a-rebuilt-Iditarod-shopping cart versus a motorcycle-with-minor-variations smashing and crashing and racing around a tightly-turning track in heats of four, all for crappy trophies but tons of glory, admiration, and envy at your boundless intestinal fortitude, brilliant creativity, and clever use of limited building skills. Seriously, there will be blood and we look forward to the Mayhem! This event is not to be missed! 
Who: The Madagascar Institute is an art combine in Brooklyn that specializes in large-scale sculptures and rides, live performances, and guerilla art events with a lot of fire and jet propulsion. 

RuBot II, The Cubinator 
Who:
RuBot II, The Cubinator is the World's fastest Rubik's Cube solving robot. 
What: RuBot II can solve any Rubik's Cube in less than 50 seconds, and has managed it in a record time of 21 seconds. Here's how it works: RuBot is given a Rubik's cube scrambled by a human. The robot grabs the cube and hoists it up to eye camera level, where it scans and records the configurations on all faces of the cube, finding a solution with less than 20 moves. 

Download and read the program guide here:
http://makerfaire.com/newyork/2010/

For the complete schedule of events visit:
http://makerfaire.com/newyork/2010/schedule/

About Maker Faire:
Maker Faire's mission is to inspire, inform, connect and entertain thousands of Makers and aspiring Makers of all ages and backgrounds through the public gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkers, hobbyists, science clubs, students, authors and commercial exhibitors. The inaugural Maker Faire was held in San Mateo, California in 2006, and in May, Maker Faire celebrated its 5th annual Bay Area festival. As Maker Faire continues to grow in popularity and relevance, Maker Faire has expanded to Detroit and New York City for 2010. See the Maker Faire website for details www.makerfaire.com. Maker Faire is supported by MAKE Magazine, makezine.com, craftzine.com 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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About the New York Hall of Science: NYSCI is New York's center for hands-on fun and learning with more than 450 exhibits, science demonstrations, and programs for families, students and teachers. NYSCI conveys the excitement and understanding of science and technology by galvanizing curiosity and offering creative, participatory ways to learn.

Note to Editors: For more information visit www.makerfaire.com and www.nysci.org.

Contact Information

  • Press Contacts:

    Bridgette Vanderlaan
    Maker Faire
    727-278-2888
    Email Contact

    Carol Nordin
    New York Hall of Science
    718-699-0005 ext. 342
    Email Contact

    Mary Record
    New York Hall of Science
    718-699-0005 ext. 323
    Email Contact