Empire State Maker Faire 2020
That’s a wrap!
Huge thanks to all of the makers who inspired us, gave us tours of their spaces, demoed their projects, taught us new skills, and invited us into their communities.
We would additionally like to thank all of our volunteers who have helped moderate all of our sessions, our host organizations for their continued support, our friends at Maker Faire and Make: Magazine who have gone above and beyond in supporting the Empire State Maker Faire, and everyone who was able to join us in celebrating makers from all over New York State and beyond.
Empire State Maker Faire Video Gallery
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“Play & Plug” – Counterintuitive game controllers.
You’ve seen Pi-upgraded consoles. You’ve seen plug-n-play controllers with a pi or arduino built in, and games preloaded. What is “Counterintuitive Retrogaming?” How do you follow up an all-scrap upcycled 8-bit game controller? Tune in and find out! This is the latest in many years of retro-game projects and demonstrations Elijah has presented at Faire locations and in MakeZine, starting in 2016 with his first Maker Faire appearance and his Altoids Box Retro-Pi build. Starting as a street-advertising volunteer, Elijah has worked as a panelist, demonstrated projects on stage, mentored in seminars, and interacted with the public at booths and tables both for himself and while representing companies. While not at work, he’s been known to help stir up “creative mischief” on Faire grounds from Rochester to San Mateo including googley-eye “guerrilla art” and improvised pyrotechnics . He HAD the fire marshal’s permission. Really. You may have seen his High Altitude Balloon story on local news in the greater Wilkes-Barre region, or seen him with his Maker Faire friend & MythBusters Jr Co-star Allie Weber or their rag-tag group of “Problem Kids” in MakeZine or on Twitter.
The Magic of Making with Mario the Maker Magician
Mario offers a half-hour keynote presentation for Student Day, in which he shares his personal journey with making and how to adapt making to your life in the most fulfilling way. Offering some demos of his own creative works, and inspiration for kids to discover their own unique paths. Do what you love. Use what you have. And have fun.
Let’s ALL StickTogether!
StickTogether Sticker Mosaic Puzzle Poster Kits are the inclusive, community-building, activity with a beautiful reward. The image starts as a mystery, just a blank canvas, and builds as everyone ‘sticks together’ to reveal the image. StickTogether was launched at MakerFaire in 2015 and was created for the Maker Community. Since 2015 Librarians, Media Specialists, Makerspaces, Teachers, Senior Facilities, Special Needs Programs and Community / Faith groups have fueled our growth, helping to spread the StickTogether Effect. In this workshop we will review the StickTogether Story and Product, we will share a few fun, pixel-related activities that you can use to add an extra dimension of fun while creating your StickTogether poster. We will end with all participants coming together around a Virtual Stickerboard which we will create as a group, virtually. There will be time for questions, feedback and conversation while we are ALL ‘sticking together!’
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We hope to see everyone at Maker Faires all across New York State in the future!
Empire State Maker Faire would not be possible without the tireless efforts of the Empire State Maker Faire team, including the producers behind: