SOURCE: O'Reilly Media

O'Reilly Media

August 20, 2012 13:52 ET

World Maker Faire Returns to New York, September 29 & 30, 2012 to Celebrate Innovation, Inventions, and DIY Fun

QUEENS, NY--(Marketwire - Aug 20, 2012) - World Maker Faire returns to New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) in Queens, NYC, on Saturday, September 29 from 10am to 7pm, and Sunday, September 30 from 10am to 6pm to showcase the world's most extraordinary gathering of DIY talents in science, technology, crafting, fashion, food, sustainability, and more. 

"Being back at NYSCI for our third World Maker Faire is incredible," said Maker-in-Chief, Sherry Huss, of O'Reilly Media's MAKE division. "The New York area is leading the maker movement. The community is all about innovation and DIY; it's part of the fabric of the city. And with NYSCI being located in the most diverse county in the nation, it's a perfect home for World Maker Faire. We are so excited to showcase the amazing projects from the Makers and know attendees will thoroughly enjoy their experience this year."

Faire visitors are in for a big treat with over 500 Makers -- many new to the event -- who will be sharing their latest creations and stories of DIY ingenuity. As always, there is something for everyone at World Maker Faire. Whether attendees are five or fifty-five, want to get the latest on composting in NYC, see the world's landmarks created to scale from toothpicks, or experience how a group of tech-savvy Young Makers are solving some real-world challenges for the deaf and blind, they'll find something that will knock their socks off.

"Makers exemplify what happens when you unleash your curiosity and creativity," said Margaret Honey, President and CEO of NYSCI. "In grade school, we learn about critical thinking and the scientific method. At World Maker Faire, we see those concepts taken to scale in ways that are inventive, whimsical, and often larger than life." 

Highlights of World Maker Faire 2012 include:

  • Power Racing Series: This exciting Power Wheel (think back to your childhood!) race will provide some heart-stopping and hilarious excitement as drivers take their mad creations 'round the track for the win!
  • 3D Printing Village: Check out the latest models of 3D printers and learn all about this newly affordable form (and exploding marketplace) of additive manufacturing. See Makers print out cupcakes, humanoid robots, car parts, and much much more. 
  • Life Size Mousetrap! A triumph of engineering and artistry, the Mousetrap is a wonder to behold. And it's so fun! Combining performance art with Newtonian physics, it's a spectacle delivering engineering super fun to the Maker Faire audience.
  • How-to Workshops:
    • Learn to Solder
    • Arduino
    • Lock Picking
    • and more!
  • NYSCI Village: NYC's hands-on science center presents a sampler of activities, demonstrations and experiments including a forced perspective photobooth, genetics gaming, underwater rovers and more.
  • Nerdy Derby: NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program will host a special Nerdy Derby at the event. What's a Nerdy Derby? It's a miniature car building and racing competition inspired by the pinewood derbies of school days past. The competition rewards creativity, cleverness, and ingenuity -- and there are no restrictions on the cars! Participants will wow the crowds with their imaginative creations and racing skills.
  • Circus Warehouse: Queens' own school for the circus arts will present jaw-dropping aerial acts, and give some youngsters the chance to try a few flips of their own.
  • Coke Zero and Mentos Show: A Maker Faire favorite, the mad scientists of EepyBird will be back in NYC to deliver shooting geysers of sodas, mesmerizing the crowds with their fizzy, minty wizardy.
  • Austin Bike Zoo: The Austin Bike Zoo will bring their human-powered puppetry to World Maker Faire and inspire the masses through their unique vehicles and bicycle-based theatrical performances.
  • Cupcake Cars: These are a Maker Faire staple and they are coming NYC!!
  • Presentations from the leading voices of the Maker Movement including:
    • Dale Dougherty, founder of Make Magazine and co-founder of Maker Faire
    • Massimo Banzi, co-founder of Arduino
    • David Pogue, technology writer, awards winning news correspondent, and TV science show host
    • Chris Anderson, editor-in-chief of Wired magazine
  • Young Maker Pavilion: Filled with the best projects coming out of the Young Maker community, this Pavilion will give Faire goers a clear view into the next generation of innovations.

Tickets are now on sale and early bird pricing ends on Friday, August 31, 2012. Go to http://www.makerfaire.com to purchase tickets. Tickets range from $8-$30 for a full day pass. Check the World Maker Faire website for more information.

Last chance! Makers, tinkerers, innovators and hobby enthusiasts still have the opportunity to show their stuff at World Maker Faire. The Call for Makers has been extended to August 24, 2012. Visit http://makerfaire.com/newyork/2012/callformakers/index.html to learn more about how to submit an entry form. 

World Maker Faire is sponsored by RadioShack, Cognizant, Disney, Red Bull Creation Challenge, Atmel, ASUS, Autodesk, Crayola, Delta Faucet, Epilog Laser, Schick Xtreme 3, ShopBot Tools.

Calendar Editors
Ticket prices include admission to both World Maker Faire and NYSCI. Tickets are $22-$30 for adults (18-61), $12-$20 for youth (2-17), $20-$25 for seniors (62+), and $12-$20 for students with a valid ID. Weekend passes are also available. Early bird pricing ends on Friday, August 31, 2012; advance sales pricing ends on Friday, September 28, 2012. Tickets are available at http://www.makerfaire.com. Hi-res photos available upon request: pr@makerfaire.com.

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About Maker Faire
The inaugural Maker Faire was held in San Mateo, CA 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 www.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.

Contact Information

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    Bridgette Vanderlaan
    Maker Faire
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    Mary Record
    New York Hall of Science
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