This past weekend, the annual Maker Faire took place on the lawn of the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and spilled over into the Buhl Community Park at Allegheny Square. Over 100 organizations and small businesses participated as exhibitors with projects ranging from fiber-arts and screen printing, to drone racing and VR dream illustration.
From the Maker Faire website regarding this year’s Pittsburgh installment:
“Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these ‘makers’ to show hobbies, experiments, projects.
We call it the Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth – a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness.
Maker Faire originated in 2006 in the San Francisco Bay Area as a project of the editors of Make: magazine. It has since grown into a significant worldwide network of both flagship and independently-produced events. Read more on Maker Faire history, the Maker Movement, as well as how to start a Maker Faire or a School Maker Faire where you live.”
Deco Resources, a graduate of New Sun Rising’s Launch Hilltop cohort, exhibited at the Maker Faire. Their mission is “to integrate sustainability into a project or organization from the original design through full implementation. We help guide eco-conscious choices through engineering and construction. We facilitate green practices in the commercial setting and improve metrics in energy, water, transportation, and air quality.” Anthony Stewart of Deco reported that “At maker fair, we were demonstrating our green tech solutions that demonstrate how we support gardening and urban agriculture. We displayed a solar panel and asked guests to use a pump to move water using solar power.” Check out their website here.
Prototype, a NSR fiscally-sponsored project, was also an exhibitor. Prototype is a “feminist makerspace with shared tools, space, events, knowledge, and support. All genders and disciplines are welcome to join.” They report that over the weekend, “We had a lot of fun at Maker Faire showing kids and adults how to use our CNC vinyl cutter, 3D printer, and laser cut stamp kit.” Check out their website for upcoming Open Swim nights and volunteer training sessions here.
Source: PrototypePGH Instagram