When I was 10 years old the movie Explorers was released. I don’t remember if I saw it in a theater or on VHS tape later.
In the movie three kids tinker with some electronics and build a spaceship out of an old amusement park ride pod using a schematic that one of the kids dreams about. It’s a cheeky and fun movie that inspired a ‘maker’ spirit. I probably built a replica of their spaceship with my LEGO and dreamed about what it would take to build a space ship.
Could a space ship really be built from some leftover electronics and hardware? Probably not, but it would be super cool to try!
This weekend my family went to the San Antonio mini Maker Faire. It was hosted at the San Antonio Public Library which is itself a visual feast of a building.
There were several groups there showing off their robots, 3D printers, laser cutters, weaving looms, light presentations, wood carvings, and many other creations and inventions. Everything was made by hand and all the creations were quite unique.
A local robotics club was outside showing off a robot they made from some spare parts that could be remotely controlled and had a loud horn. They also had a large 6-barrel t-shirt shooting robot!
Inside the faire there were several booths with 3D printers and some low-tech makers showing quits and origami.
Inspiring the Maker Spirit
The faire was a lot of fun for the kids and the exhibits were interesting to see. I hope being around other makers inspires the same maker spirit in my kids.