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Maker Faire 2013

Maker Faire is a two day celebration of creativity, engineering, and the do-it-yourself ethos and is billed as the largest show-and-tell in the world, where hands-on is encouraged. We only spent one day here, but next time we’ll need to spend two. There just wasn’t enough time in the day to see everything, from the Mentos fountains to the remote controlled naval battles to the life-size Mousetrap game to the hundreds of tables displaying the projects of everyone from Fortune 500 companies to creative local families. We made it from opening until dinner time, though, and we all slept pretty well that night.

Giant size pneumatic-control Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots

A jeep completely covered in Lego plates. Visitors were encouraged to climb up and build onto it.


Homemade remotely operated submersibles. To great amusement, sometimes the vertical thruster would turn into a fountain and spray the crowd.

Exploring probability and normal distributions with a custom pinball machine.

The highlight of Everett's trip: a life-size version of the Rube Goldberg game "Mousetrap." So awesome we watched it twice.

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