Whoops! Looks like I forgot to write about this one!

Silver Springs Maker FaireSilver Springs Maker Faire – September 2014

The Silver Spring Maker Faire was produced by the Kid Museum, which is a hands-on museum that has a strong emphasis on DIY learning. My kind of place! There was a museum like this in Sarasota, Florida, but chronic mismanagement and a greedy city government put an end to it (seriously, the door handles were still warm when the city announced they wanted to flatten the building and turn it into a restaurant).

This was also my first Maker Faire in Maryland, and my first time spending any real time in the state.

There were literally thousands of copies of this magazine lying aroundThere were literally thousands of copies of this magazine lying around

[carrythewhat?] replications had a booth there and we had a pretty big crowd all day. It was really cool!

Our booth!Our booth!
Look at all those people! Look at all those people!

Ben Franklinstein was there on display, which was really cool for me to see. This giant sculpture is composed of 198 individual parts, all printed by different makers and assembled by hand. I was surprised to see how well it all fit together, and the colors guaranteed it was incredibly attention-grabbing.

Ben Franklinstein!Ben Franklinstein!

I saw a circuit-bending booth and had to go investigate. Circuit bending! How exciting!

Circuit Bending Circuit Bending

In addition to a circuit bent Casio SK-5 (I love these things!), I saw a circuit bent kids toy frog. These types of bends are always fun, because they produce such wildly unpredictable results!

Circuit Bent Casio SK-5Circuit Bent Casio SK-5
DSC_0041Circuit Bent Frog Toy
DSC_0040‘Enable Madness’
I don't know anything about Star Wars, but I'm pretty sure these are the bad guysI don’t know anything about Star Wars, but I’m pretty sure these are the bad guys
DSC_0046This woman was a huge hit with the kids at the Faire
I also have no idea what kind of instrument that is! Any ideas?I also have no idea what kind of instrument that is! Any ideas?
This robot would launch frisbees into the crowd This robot would launch frisbees into the crowd
These little guys were flying around everywhere, and Chris caught oneThese little guys were flying around everywhere, and Chris caught one

At the end of the day, a representative presented us with a small ribbon, declaring [carrythewhat?] a ‘Maker of Merit’. The prize is the ribbon itself, and I was thrilled to receive it!

'Maker of Merit'‘Maker of Merit’