World Maker Faire 2013

Making music with light. Kids experiment with soundwaves... and sound!

Making music with light. Kids experiment with soundwaves… and sound!

This year, the World Maker Faire #MakerFaire was once again held on the grounds of the New York Hall of Science in New York City.  Well over 100,000 people were scheduled to attend this momentous event. The Agency by Design team made the trip down from Cambridge to find out what’s new in the maker universe and to better understand what makes makers tick. Below are some key take-away moments from our visit.

If you were also at this weekend’s Maker Faire, please feel free to share your experiences and impressions of the event. We’d love to hear your thoughts!

A giant sculpture of Make's maker mascot welcomes guests to a rainy start of the 2013 World Maker Faire.

A giant sculpture of Make’s maker mascot welcomes guests to a rainy start of the 2013 World Maker Faire.

Authors Sylvia Martinez and Gary Stager make the case for making experiences in education on the New York Hall of Science's Innovation Stage.

Invent to Learn authors Sylvia Martinez and Gary Stager make the case for making experiences in education on the New York Hall of Science’s Innovation Stage.

Text this number, and this gizmo will play you a tune. Go ahead, try it! Very cool...

Text this number, and this gizmo will play you a tune. Go ahead, try it! Very cool…

Kids light up the floor at the World Maker Faire.

Kids light up the floor at the World Maker Faire.

Kids tinker away at the 2013 World Maker Faire.

Kids tinker away at the 2013 World Maker Faire.

RISD's John Maeda discusses arts and critical making. His hypothesis: design making + critical thinking = critical making. We dig it!

RISD’s John Maeda discusses arts and critical making. His hypothesis: “design making” + “critical thinking” = “critical making.” We dig it!

Whether in the "real" world or the virtual world... welding is cool.

Whether in the “real” world or in the virtual world… welding is cool.

This couple clad in MetroCards was out walking their robot dog at the 2013 World Maker Faire (the outfits were cool—but the dog was even cooler!).

This couple clad in MetroCards was out walking their robot dog at the 2013 World Maker Faire (the outfits were cool—but the dog was even cooler!).

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About Edward P. Clapp

Edward is a senior research manager and a member of the core research team working on the Agency by Design initiative at Project Zero, an educational research center at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE). Edward’s current research interests include creativity and innovation, maker-centered education, design thinking, and contemporary approaches to arts teaching and learning. In addition to his work as an educational researcher, Edward is a lecturer on education at HGSE. Web: http://scholar.harvard.edu/edwardclapp Social: @edwardpclapp

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