Last weekend the boys and I were happy to participate in the inaugural Buffalo Mini Maker Faire. We met the organizer in NYC at the 2013 World Maker Faire and he had mentioned it then. Buffalo is not too far from Ottawa and we've got family there, so it was a great opportunity to connect with a new community of makers.
And there were lots of makers there! The Buffalo Museum of Science has four floors of exhibit space and there were makers on every floor. We were in the Sparks! Workshop on the third floor with the Elmwood Franklin School Maker Club and the super cool Aidan 3 and his 3D printer demo. Just down the hall the Buffalo Lab was holding a soldering workshop with these great "I Can Solder" badges. Destination Imagination had all sorts of stuff going on - it was the first time I'd heard about this great program and was happy to hear it was global!
The boys and I were demonstrating the doodling robots and making electro-cards with the kids that came by. I didn't get too much time away from the booth. But I did manage to pick up a Buffalo sweatshirt from Mad Jack Productions (t-shirts and 3D printing - how cool is that?), see where all the packets of salt scrub were being made at Azariah's Innocence , marvel at the cardboard pirate ship and almost shook hands with Chewbacca . I was happy to see everyone busy and wearing their safety glasses at Take It Apart . And I was very excited to see the exhibits at the Young Makers section in the lobby on the first floor. Keep making!
There certainly appears to be a thriving community of makers in Buffalo. Judging from the jam-packed parking lots and hallways there is a lot interest, too! I was sorry to have to miss the after-party being held at The Foundry. It looks like a great place. A lot of the makers at the faire work out of there. Community is so important to making.
Also thanks to the Western New York Book Arts Center. They gave each maker a print as a thank you for participating. They also gave prints at the World Maker Faire. These pieces are really beautiful. Thank you! Wish I was in town for the Edible Book Festival on March 30th, 2014 - it looks like a unique event.