Mini Faire makes science wonderous

2016-08-30 06:00
Raphaella Barazany and her mom Milancia from Bishopscourt had great fun meeting Hugo, the robot, at the Mini Maker Faire hosted at the Cape Town Science Centre over the weekend. PHOTO: gary van dyk

Raphaella Barazany and her mom Milancia from Bishopscourt had great fun meeting Hugo, the robot, at the Mini Maker Faire hosted at the Cape Town Science Centre over the weekend. PHOTO: gary van dyk

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The second annual Cape Town Mini Maker Faire was hosted at the Cape Town Science Centre in Observatory over the weekend and was a world of wonder for young and old.

Maker Faire is a worldwide showcase of invention and creativity which allows ordinary people to show off what they make, while also providing them an opportunity to share their knowledge, expertise and handiwork.

Opening the event on Friday 26 August the City of Cape Town’s Mayco member for tourism, events and economic development Eddie Andrews says the event which is part science fair and part country fair, allows ordinary people to showcase their creativity, inventions and expertise and to share this knowledge.

“It’s an all-ages gathering of crafters, educators, tech enthusiasts, science clubs, artists, students, tinkerers, hobbyists, and engineers.”

Maker Faire is a family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness. It was started in San Francisco in 2006 and within a few years a record 215 000 people attended the two flagship Maker Faires in San Francisco and New York in 2014.

The sessions also featured experts in technology and tool innovators, leaders of higher education, and the new breed of industrial designers.

More than 60 exciting local “makers” were on show, as well as installations by the Faire’s knowledge partners including the University of the Western Cape and University of Cape Town.

Exhibits ranged from home-grown drones to robotics and Arduino projects, space projects and kit makers to 3D printers, rockets, radios, gaming and electric vehicles, as well as a host of handmade craft and fashion projects and some exciting installations of art cars from the Afrika Burn festival.

In addition, an enclosed drone zone allowed visitors test their flying skills, while the PPC Imaginarium, South Africa’s most supportive art and design competition for emerging creatives, showcased industrial design, fashion, film, jewellery and sculpture all made from concrete.

Lauren Hartzenberg, from Retreat, gets to try out the interesting Fly Boy device with a little help from Dave Daguiar. Photos by Gary van Dyk

Colin Day gives Ocean View High learners Bernadine Jacobs, left, and Amy Davids an insight into inducted electricity at the Mini Maker Faire in Observatory.

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