by Victoria Sheridan
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.
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.
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.