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Makers Selected for Maker Faire Pittsburgh on October 14 & 15

The Greatest Show and Tell in Pittsburgh … and on Earth!

(PITTSBURGH - September 28, 2017) Maker Faire Pittsburgh is excited to announce this year’s makers, who will exhibit, demonstrate, present, inspire and amaze at this annual event on October 14 and 15, 2017. 

More than 200 regional makers will be participating in the 2017 Faire, representing a broad spectrum of projects ranging from local roboticists to fiber artists to kid inventors, selected based upon the following criteria:

·         Making and DIY projects made by individuals, artisans, entrepreneurs or start-up companies

·         Made projects or making processes that use new technologies or old technologies in new ways

·         Interactivity for adults, as well as kids to teach, share and demonstrate!

·         Creativity, innovation, inventiveness

·         WOW factor

 Click here to tour the makers including Power Racing and autonomous vehicles, Robots and Robotics, Drones, 3-D print making, Electronics,  Fuzzy Puppets, Workshops, Indie Crafts, Gaming, Manufacturing, Special Effects to name just a few. Each slide on the “tour” includes website links and more to learn about each exhibiting project of the 2017 Faire.

Some of the 2017 featured makers include:

 Power Racing Series 

     The challenge of creating a working electric vehicle for under $500 encourages progressive use of available technology. It inspires teams to help each other even in the spirit of competition. The PRS group encourages curious makers of all ages and abilities to stop by and learn the “nuts and bolts” of building and racing autonomous cars.

Electric Acoustic: Sonification and Energy

   Developed by CMU design team Dan Lockton, Shengzhi Wu and Devika Singh, the Electric Acoustic project explores the sonification of energy use— turning data into sound. At the Faire, visitors can take part in their research by trying out the prototype for 'sketching' different sounds.

Heavy Meta Dragon Art Car

A 30 foot-long, 19 foot-tall, mobile metal dragon, the Heavy Meta Dragon Art Car is made of hand-cut, hand-welded sheet metal panels built atop a GM bus is a beautiful, terrifying beast that shoots huge fireballs from its tail and animatronic mouth. Heavy Meta Collective from Toronto, Canada ranges from high school students makers doing their co-op at the shop to professional metalworkers and marine engineers.

 JellyBox 3D Printer

    The JellyBOX "build your own" 3D printer is an all-inclusive 3D printing experience that allows schools and libraries     to teach their students how to build their own 3D printers. Interested beginners, kids and educators can meet the makers from JellyBox as they share how to build a 3D printer in a single day.

r.e.m. walks

Weird dream images become the stuff of (virtual) reality as the collaborative work of students and artists at r.e.m. walks bring to life the collected dream journals of the Pittsburgh community in virtual reality space. Draw and discover the dreams of strangers in this collaborative VR program.

  The Singing GrowRoom Enter the open, egg-shaped structure of The Singing GrowRoom. The Singing GrowRoom showcases Fit Farms’ Josh Inklovich and Tim Vernon’s vision for Green STEAM workforce development while bringing the song of the plants to the American ear. Eco-Jewelry with Coffee Pods

Passers-by won’t believe the stylish jewelry created by Viviana Altieri was made from used coffee pods. See how far a pot of coffee can stir the creative juices to beautifully designed wearable art.

Pittsburgh Circus Arts Collaborative

The Pittsburgh Circus Arts Collaborative is a collective of acrobats, aerialists, jugglers, flow artists, magicians, stilt walkers and fire performers who will display and perform their skills during 2017 Maker Faire.

Maker Faire Pittsburgh will take place at Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and in Buhl Community Park on Saturday, October 14 from 10am - 7pm and Sunday, October 15 from 10am - 5pm.

Admission to the 2017 edition of Maker Faire Pittsburgh is FREE. Faire-goers may skip the ticket lines at the event by pre-registering to experience all that Maker Faire has to offer at https://pittsburgh.makerfaire.com/tickets/. Wristbands are required for entrance and to take part in maker activities such as building Rube Goldberg machines, sewing, soldering, weaving on a loom and making items to take home.

Maker Faire Pittsburgh 2017 is produced by Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and made possible by presenting sponsors Chevron, The Grable Foundation and MAKE:makezine.com.

For more information about Maker Faire Pittsburgh 2017 visit https://pittsburgh.makerfaire.com/.

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About Maker Faire
The first Maker Faire began in 2006 in San Mateo, California with 22,000 people in attendance. Called the Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth, it is part county fair, part science fair and partly something entirely new. As a celebration of the Maker Movement, it’s an all-ages showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness. Makers come to show their creations while attendees get a glimpse of the future and find the inspiration to become Makers themselves.  Maker Faire is now in its 11th year and the movement has grown to include two flagship events, 13 feature Faires (including Pittsburgh), and 116 Mini Maker Faires in cities such as New York City, Detroit, Orlando, Atlanta, Paris, Rome, Shenzen, Oslo and Tokyo. 

About Children's Museum of Pittsburgh
Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh is a place that delights and inspires children, where they can take off on fantastic flights of imagination daily and return to earth to ink a silkscreen and build and tinker with old and new technologies and cutting-edge media. With 80,000 square feet of space, the Museum welcomes more than 306,000 visitors annually and provides “real stuff” experiences for play, learning and fun. The Museum’s permanent exhibit MAKESHOP® was built in 2011 to create a space for children and families to make, play and design using the same materials, tools and processes used by professional artists, builders, programmers and creators of all kinds. The Museum’s maker-focused initiatives include serving as a Maker Corps site for the Maker Education Initiative, Mobile MAKESHOP, MAKEnight (21+) events and presenting the Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire from 2011-2013  and Feature Maker Faire Pittsburgh from 2015-2017. www.pittsburghkids.org