Maker Faire Week of Learning

Saturday, May 12th – Friday, May 18th

Great workshops all over the Bay Area all week before Maker Faire.

Find workshops by area:

North Bay | East Bay | South Bay | San Francisco


North Bay

Internet of Things circuit board

Featured workshop

Internet Of Things Class

Do you ever wonder what the Internet of Things (IoT) is all about? The devices we use are becoming smarter every day. In this class we will be introducing the Internet of Things (IoT) by building an IoT device that you can take home with you and use after the class is over. Come learn what IoT is all about and how easy it is to get started.

Saturday, May 12th | 1pm – 4pm | $50

Presented by Benicia Makerspace

Laser cut arylic eagle

3D Modeling: From Here to Faire

Wednesday, May 16th | 2:30am – 3:30pm | FREE

Presented by Bay Area Discovery Museum

East Bay

Circuit Board

Featured workshop

Radars — the Next Big Frontier for Makers — Brought to you by Walabot

Sophisticated sensing capabilities to your fingertips! Learn to create an application using the 3D imaging and sensing capabilities of Walabot. Each person will get there own Walabot to work with during the workshop.

Thursday, May 17th | 5pm – 9pm | FREE

Presented by Vayyar Imaging and Hosted by Circuit Launch

Laser cut arylic eagle

Citizen Science with Circuit Python

Tuesday, May 15th | 6pm – 8:30pm | $48

Hosted by Circuit Launch

Laser cut arylic eagle

Make Your Mark-Making Tools

Sunday, May 13th | 1pm – 3pm | $10

Presented by Motoscribendi and hosted by NIMBY

Woman welding

MIG Welding 101

May 16th-17th | 7pm – 10pm | $145

Hosted by Ace Monster Toys Makerspace

Bamboo Bracelet

Simple Fun Woodshop Projects

Saturday, May 12th | 11am – 2pm | $30

Presented by Ace Monster Toys

hammer and red hot metal

Blacksmithing for Beginners

May 14-16 | 6pm – 10pm each day | $300

Presented by Black Oaks Wilderness School

SCHL

Make.Alt.Ctrl

Monday, May 14th | 4:45pm – 6pm | FREE | 18 and under

Presented by Square School and hosted at Impact Hub Oakland

AMT bots on clips

Ace Monster Toys Makerspace Tour

Wednesday, May 16th | 7pm-8pm | FREE

Hosted by Ace Monster Toys

LED on Fabric

Sew an easy light-up circuit

Wednesday, May 16th | 5pm – 7pm | FREE

Presented by Amped Atelier and Oakland Public Library

CNC Router with wood

SLU: Space Leadership UnConference

Friday, May 11th | 1pm – 8:30pm | $12

Presented by Maker Faire and Circuit Launch

Line drawing of bust

Pattern Hacks: Adjust the Bust

Thrusday, May 17th | 2pm – 5pm | $50

Presented by HelloStitch

Pillow Case

Learn to Sew: Pillowcases

Friday, May 18th | 6pm – 8:30pm | $48

Presented by HelloStitch

3D Printed boats

3D Printer 101 and Hangout

Monday, May 14th | 7pm – 9pm | FREE

Hosted by Ace Monster Toys Makerspace

Woman with lumber and planer

Jointer + Planer 101

Tuesday, May 15th | 7pm – 9pm | $25

Hosted by Ace Monster Toys Makerspace

Woman with lumber and planer

Box Bots Build Party

Wednesday, May 16th | 7pm – 9pm | FREE

Hosted by Ace Monster Toys Makerspace


South Bay

Test Thing

Featured workshop

Hands on LEGO Robotics for FIRST LEGO League

Teachers learn how you can bring robotics to your classrooms with LEGO! Get an overview of how to start with LEGO Mindstorms robotics kit and FIRST LEGO League competition program. This is a very quick boot camp to learn more about the LEGO Mindstorms equipment and how to register for FIRST LEGO League competition program for 4th to 8th grader teachers.

Saturday, May 12th | 5pm – 8:30pm | $20

Presented by Playing At Learning

Test Thing

Fabricated Nightstand Portraits Hack-a-thon

Saturday, May 12th | 9am – 12pm | $35 RAFT members or $50

Presented by RAFT

Cuttlefish Project

Cuttle Wranglin’: Studying RNA Editing of Dwarf Cuttlefish

Tuesday, May 15th | 7:30pm – 9pm | FREE

Presented by BioCurious


San Francisco

Robot RC Car

Featured workshop

Build an Autonomous R/C Car with Raspberry Pi

Curious about machine learning and neural-networks? This workshop is for you. Bring your team of 5 students adn modify an R/C car based on a Raspberry Pi computer, a camera, and a servo shield (or “hat”) board to interface with the R/C car. Then drive your vehicle around a lined track to capture images and steering angles. Teams get to keep their cars and continue the learning after the workshop. Ages 14 to 80.

Saturday, May 12th | 11am – 3pm | $200 per team

Presented by Donkey Cars and The Exploratorium

Internet of Things circuit board

Superfun Maker Block Party!

Four amazing workshops for family in one evening at two locations Thursday, May 17th!

Printmaking One-of-a-kind Artwork with Curious Jane | 5pm – 8pm

Crafting with the NOMAD Cool Bus: Stencils and Textile Arts | 5pm – 8pm

Playful Robotics with Wonderful Idea Company | 5pm – 8pm

Tinker Your Way Out of This | 5pm – 8pm

Suggested donation: $10 per family | RSVP for the Superfun Make Block Party Here

Presented by Curious Jane, Nomad, Tinkering School, and Wonderful Idea Co.

Woman with LED Bracelet

Sew a programmable light-up circuit

Saturday, May 12th | 11am – 5pm | $40

Presented by Amped Atelier and The Exploratorium

Canvas apron

Sew a Custom Work Apron

Saturday, May 12th | 11am – 1pm | $30

Presented by TheShop.build

TheShop San Franscico

Adult backpack with magnetic clasp

Sunday, May 13th | 2pm – 5pm | $60

Presented by TheShop.build

TheShop San Franscico

Make Your Own Drawstring backpack

Saturday, May 13th | 6pm – 8pm | $30

Presented by TheShop.build

TheShop San Franscico

Sew Your Own Wood Handle Handbag

Saturday, May 12th | 2pm – 4pm | $25

Presented by TheShop.build

TheShop San Franscico

Log cookie coaster set

Wednesday, May 16th | 3pm – 5pm | $25

Presented by TheShop.build

TheShop San Franscico

Scrap wood butterflies on the scroll saw

Wednesday, May 16th | 10:30am – 12:30pm | $25

Presented by TheShop.build

TheShop San Franscico

Basic bandsaw boxes

Tuesday, May 15th | 6:30pm – 8:30pm | $20

Presented by TheShop.build

TheShop San Franscico

Mix and Match Cutting Board

Tuesday, May 15th | 3pm – 6pm | $40

Presented by TheShop.build

TheShop San Franscico

Let’s Explore Crystal Radios

Tuesday, May 15th | 10:30am – 12:30pm | $40

Presented by TheShop.build

TheShop San Franscico

Let’s Make Stylish CNC Machined Shirt Buttons

Saturday, May 12th | 10:30am – 11:30am | $20

Presented by TheShop.build

TheShop San Franscico

Mother/Child Tutu Making

Sunday, May 13th | 10:30am – 11:00am | $15

Presented by TheShop.build

TheShop San Franscico

Let’s Explore Electromagnetism

Monday, May 14th | 6pm – 7pm | $15

Presented by TheShop.build

TheShop San Franscico

Let’s Build a Fidget Spinner Motor

Monday, May 14th | 3pm – 4:30pm | $25

Presented by TheShop.build

TheShop San Franscico

Let’s Build a Portable Battery Pack

Monday, May 14th | 10:30am – 12:30pm | $40

Presented by TheShop.build

TheShop San Franscico

Let’s Build Orange Kat’s Useless Machine

Sunday, May 13th | 6pm – 9pm | $40

Presented by TheShop.build

TheShop San Franscico

Chocolate mold making

Sunday, May 13th | 3pm – 6pm | $40

Presented by TheShop.build

TheShop San Franscico

One-to-one 3D replication

Sunday, May 13th | 10:30am – 12:30 | $25

Presented by TheShop.build

TheShop San Franscico

Metal Polishing with Tinfoil Spheres

Saturday, May 12th | 6:30pm – 8pm | $30

Presented by TheShop.build

TheShop San Franscico

Isolation Route Your Own Circuit Board and Solder an LED to it!

Saturday, May 12th | 3pm – 5pm | $20

Presented by TheShop.build