My Maker Faire – Victoria

by Victoria Sheridan
Victoria Sheridan with Latimer Trunk

Victoria Sheridan with Latimer Trunk

 I think the Maker Faire is really important because it supports a hands-on approach. We lose so much of the physicality of existing while leading “normal” lives.

 Schools demand children sit still (and periodically remove recess in favor of more classwork). White-collar jobs have workers sit at desks all day. The new “it” thing is to sit on the couch and spend an entire day watching Netflix or playing video games. As a counter to this attitude things like the Maker Faire encourage movement and creation and building.
maker faire robot1

One of the many robots @ Maker Faire

There are really very few things as satisfying as creating: the physical action of it is beneficial to the body and mind (there’s a reason they tell depressed people to exercise) and the self-actualization and power benefit confidence and self-esteem and all those other nice emotional boosts.
More robots at Maker Faire

More robots at Maker Faire

There were A LOT of hands-on activities in general, which was very nice and showed off the creativity of the groups that set them up. There was a variety of them too including a variety of  radio-controlled robots and magnetic toys.
Visitors interacting with Latimer Trunk

Visitors interacting with Latimer Trunk

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