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October 15, 2012 14:30 ET

World Maker Faire 2012 a Major Success; Planning for the Fourth Annual DIY Festival of Innovation and Creativity Is Already Underway; Save the Date: World Maker Faire 2013 Planned for September 21st & 22nd, 2013

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Oct 15, 2012) - World Maker Faire, the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth, and New York Hall of Science are thrilled to announce dates for the 2013 event. On September 21 and 22, 2013, the fourth annual Faire will return for another weekend filled with an incredible variety of attractions, exhibits, talks, demonstrations, and performances bridging science, technology, arts, and crafts -- most of them hands-on and all of them engaging.

World Maker Faire 2012 was a resounding success. More than 55,000 attendees (up 57% from 2011) came from 48 states and 34 countries to participate in talks and workshops, and see projects and performances by 650 makers. Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the New York City Economic Development Corporation proclaimed the week of September 24-30 as "Maker Week." And, the New York State Assembly Legislative Commission on Science and Technology issued a citation in support of World Maker Faire, praising the Faire's mission of unlocking the potential of science and technology and putting it in the hands of anyone who has curiosity, creativity, and a desire to make something.

"World Maker Faire at the New York Hall of Science demonstrates the power and reach of the growing Maker movement, attracting people from all walks of life and inviting them to explore, experiment, and experience science, technology, art, and engineering," according to Dale Dougherty, founding editor and publisher of MAKE Magazine and Maker Faire. "Even the makers who are exhibiting their work comment on how youth are turning out in great numbers -- from young children brought by their parents to teenagers coming on dates. I'm particularly pleased to see that interest in Maker Faire is remarkably multi-generational, connecting each of us to what it means to be a maker."

"In a city like New York, where on any given weekend there is so much to do and see, it's a testament to the emerging popularity of maker culture that 55,000 people made World Maker Faire their top priority," said Margaret Honey, president and CEO of NYSCI. "This is about more than a two-day, family-friendly Faire. It's about a powerful movement that has potential to help us reinvigorate science education, our workforce, and the ways in which we view ourselves as not just consumers, but makers."

More than 500 elementary and middle school students from Queens and the Bronx braved the rain (most of them on foot) to participate in the first ever World Maker Faire Education Day.

More than 2,000 pounds of food waste were composted and 7,346 pounds of paper and recyclables collected through the efforts of GrowNYC, Build It Green!NYC, and NYC Compost Project Local Organics Recovery Program (a program hosted by Build It Green!NYC). Build it Green!NYC also arranged to haul away leftover materials and structures from the Faire exhibits. Through this effort, the Bronx Compass High School received new furnishings for their own Maker Space.

World Maker Faire at the New York Hall of Science is a two-day, family friendly faire. It is a showcase of creativity and cool technology that celebrates the maker mindset. It's inspiring, stimulating, and fun for all ages.

World Maker Faire is sponsored by RadioShack, Cognizant, Atmel, Red Bull, Disney, Time Warner Cable, ASUS, Autodesk, Crayola, Delta Faucet, Epilog Laser, Schick Xtreme3 Eco, ShopBot Tools, SketchUp, and General Motors LLC.

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About Maker Faire The inaugural Maker Faire was held in San Mateo, Calif., in 2006. Maker Faire Bay Area held its seventh annual Bay Area event in May 2012 with over 110,000 people in attendance. As Maker Faire has grown in popularity and relevance, additional Faires were launched in 2010 in Detroit and New York City. Community-driven, independently produced Mini Maker Faire events inspired by Maker Faire are now being produced around the United States and the world. Maker Faire is supported by MAKE magazine and O'Reilly Media, the information source for leading-edge computer technologies. For more information about Maker Faire, please visit makerfaire.com.

About the New York Hall of Science
The New York Hall of Science presents 450 exhibits, demonstrations, and design spaces that explain science, technology, engineering and math. A visit to NYSCI is a hands-on, energetic educational experience where you can indulge your curiosity and nurture your creativity. NYSCI offers professional development for teachers, produces curricula and resources for classrooms, and studies how technology, gaming and play affect how we learn. NYSCI was founded at the 1964-65 World's Fair and has evolved into New York's center for interactive science serving a half million students, teachers, and families each year.

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