Makers Unite at Faire

File photo    Quite the hit last year, the Tinker Bus will make another appearance at this year’s Mini Maker Faire at Alameda Point set for Sunday, Aug. 11.

The lineup of makers at the Alameda Mini Maker Faire was announced last week. More than 75 exhibitors will display their works and get people involved in making. 

  • Make a Taiko Drum: Learn how to build and stretch a traditional Taiko drum, followed by a live drumming demonstration.
  • Nerdy Derby: Build a mini-derby car and race on a custom-built track. 
  • Make it, Wear it: Use electronics and 3D printing to make interactive, light-up clothing and costumes.
  • Tinker Bus & the Little Local: Based on Alameda’s treasured coffee shop “The Local,” kids will tinker and train like baristas through hands-on activities at this pop-up interactive museum experience. 
  • Azoth Pyramid: Ever tried to meditate and couldn’t? Have a seat in the AEthernaut chair and take a 5-minute trip through inner space-time to experience the flavor of a meditative state.
  • Life-Size Operation: Try out a 6-foot-tall, fully functioning “Operation” game. Keep a steady hand or the buzzer will sound and light up the patient’s nose.
  • Burning Man Art: Check out the “Unnecessarily High Five,” an interactive art piece that encourages  participants of all ages to give the highest five they can; “Let U.S. Prey,” a 15-foot-wide eagle made from pennies, nickels and dimes built by a volunteer team who put in hundreds of hours; and “Shelly the Hermit Crab,” a much-larger-than life animatronic crustacean.  

A more in-depth experience in creating something new can be had at one of the workshops throughout the day, sponsored by Alameda Point Partners. Sign-ups are available at www.alameda.makerfaire.com/workshop-schedule. 

  • Make a light-up circuit: Learn how to make a simple light up circuit using copper tape, an LED and a battery.
  • How stop-motion puppets are made: Learn the magic of animation with stop motion puppets from Victoria Rose, the puppet maker behind Coraline and other feature films.
  • Light-up superhero cosplay: Learn to make a light-up superhero bracer out of EVA foam, conductive tape and LEDs.

The faire takes place Sunday, Aug. 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the intersection of Ranger Avenue and Saratoga Street (905 West Ranger Ave.) In 2020, Building 8 at Alameda Point will open as The General Storehouse, a mixed-use space with the ground floor devoted to rentable kitchen space — enough for 40 different companies or entrepreneurs. General Storehouse is hosting Alameda’s Mini Maker Faire in front of its building.

Tickets cost $5 at www.alameda.makerfaire.com, $7 at the door and are free for 5 and younger and 65 and older. $2 from every ticket will go toward parklets, murals and place-making projects in West Alameda. 

Maker Faire has been described by organizers as a showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness and a celebration of the Maker Movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning. The original Maker Faire event was held in San Mateo and in 2019 celebrated its 14th annual show. There are nearly 200 Mini Maker Faires around the world. 

Alameda’s event will also include food trucks, local beer and wine and entertainment for the whole family. Handicapped access and free automobile and bike parking will be provided. 

The Mini Maker Faire is sponsored by The General Storehouse, Make:Community, Alameda Point Partners, Cypress Equity Investments, Local Capital Group and the Perforce Foundation. The event a production of the City of Alameda, in partnership with the West Alameda and Downtown Alameda business associations. The event is co-produced by Idea Builder Labs.

Find out more at www.alameda.makerfaire.com or www.facebook.com/AlamedaMakerBot.