More than 150 makers, scientists, artists, crafters, and engineers will gather to show and share on Sunday, Oct. 22, for the 8th Annual East Bay Mini Maker Faire.
This daylong celebration of doityourself and doit-together creativity and invention is a high-energy community festival, with multiple stages, music, food trucks, and many hands-on activity booths and demos for all ages.
Activities include operating robots, trying the exciting high-rise sport of “crate stacking,” welding, needlework, stretching mozzarella, playing in virtual reality, and learning how to build amphibious tricycles. Some of the makers are:
- Chris Anderson, DIYRobocars — the new scene of autonomous vehicle making
- Emily Pilloton & Girls Garage — young #ladymakers with a mantra of “Fear Less,
- Greg Lehy, maker of the world’s largest Tesla coil and high voltage electricity expert
- Nine-year- old Samaira Mehta, girl coder and creator of CodeBunnyz game.
The East Bay Mini Maker Faire, which takes place in the Temescal district of Oakland, has become a major annual event in the San Francisco Bay Area, drawing nearly 7,000 attendees last year.
Inspired by the giant “flagship” Maker Faire Bay Area in San Mateo, the East Bay Mini Maker Faire is more focused on local projects and handson making. It is organized and run by parent volunteers from Park Day School, which hosts the event on its four-acre campus, in partnership with the city of Oakland’s Studio One Art Center.
The faire will be held at Park Day School, 360 42nd St. in Oakland. Tickets are $17 adult, $13 kids 4–18, free for children under 3 ($20 adult, $15 kids 4–18 at the door). For more information, go to the website: eastbay.makerfaire.com