"I started out, I suppose, when I was 5 years old. I got my first Lego set, and I tore open the box and did not look at what was on the front of the box or any instructions; I just started building. And I think that was one of those first moments when I just let creation and imagination take over."
~Nathan Sawaya, artistIt's that time of year already. The first Open Make at the Exploratorium was held on Saturday, January 21st. It seemed a little less crowded than last year.
Which is a surprise, given that the theme was Toys. Perhaps the beautiful weather had something to do with it.
Dave Teare had his life-sized Operation Game on display. He explained that he had originally created it for a school carnival, then decided to take it to the Maker Faire. One of the most basic project ideas is to enlarge or miniaturize something, which usually adds complications beyond a simple size change. In this case, Dave had to work out how to wire the circuit into a continuous unit rather than making lots of single circuits for each operation.
In the Tinkering Studio you could create jewelry from old toy and game pieces:
While on the floor, there was a toy dissection lab for looking at the insides of mechanical stuffies:
As this was the introductory plussing session for the year, Tony gave everyone a rough schedule to work towards:
- February: have a sketch, or at least an idea ready
- March: bring your prototypes
- April: your project should be refined and almost finished
The Meet The Makers program featured
- Marek Michalowski, who's worked with Dr. Hideki Ozima to create the robot toy Keepon
- I-Wei Huang, who developed the Skylanders characters and makes steam-powered toys
- emiko oye & Shana Astrachan, jewelers who were behind the Tinkering Studio activities
- Nathan Sawaya, who has many Young Makers' dream job of professionally sculpting with Lego