Inventors of all ages transported themselves to Queens this weekend for the increasingly popular Maker Faire. NY1's Tara Lynn Wagner filed the following report.
They came. They saw. They built stuff.
Make no mistake about it, Maker Faire is crawling with creativity.
"They're exploring, they're getting hands on, they're tinkering and they're making the future," said Maker Media Vice President Sherry Huss.
Now in its fourth year, this hi-tech county fair is attracting its biggest crowd yet, with some 75,000 people expected to explore the grounds of the New York Hall of Science this weekend.
Add 650 vendors and presenters to that equation, and there's the formula for one bright and curious crowd looking to take the latest tools and technology and turn them into the innovations of tomorrow.
"What can I do with this kit? What can I add on? And how can I make it more advanced? And then they can take the technology and apply it to bigger scenarios like actual cars," said Rohit Swami, the creator of DIY Super RC Car.
Even when it seems like people are just having fun, there's still a lot of science at play.
A life-sized mousetrap and giant Rube Goldberg machine, for example, is really just a giant display of physics.
"It's nice to see how the engineering works behind things, seeing people build things. I saw an R2-D2 robot, that was cool," said physics major Bradley Christian.
Some of the hands on opportunities are low-tech, though sometimes it is rocket science.
Just ask Benjamin Berry, an inventor in the making, who launched his first space craft and was ready to move on to robots.
Q: Have you ever seen a robot?
Q: Do you think you could build a robot?
Well Benjamin is only 4-years-old, not like 8-year-old Dylan Germain, who built a robot based on a few notes from his teacher.
"I built a robot out of housewares stuff. The eyes light up and it goes forwards and backwards and turns," Germain said.
For kids, Maker Faire is a candy store.
"It just really gets the curiosity going and kind of away from their interest in just video games and stuff I think," said Dylan's father Todd Germain.
Q: So what do you think you want to be when you grow up?
Dylan: An inventor.
He's already there.
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