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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.
[carrythewhat?] replications had a booth there and we had a pretty big crowd all day. It was really cool!
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.
I saw a circuit-bending booth and had to go investigate. Circuit bending! How exciting!
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!
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!