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The Science Factory at The Mythbusters Show

Science Factory Fliers

Science Factory Fliers

The Science Factory had a table in the concourse area of the Matthew Knight Arena last Friday March 15, 2013.  They brought along with them some homemade conductive and non-conductive play dough.  Attendees were invited to stop by the table and build real working electrical circuits out of play dough, batteries, and LED’s.

Play Dough Circuits!

Play Dough Circuits!

People piling into the theater

People piling into the theater

The Science Factory also built their own ping pong ball cannon that uses the power of air pressure the accelerate a ping pong ball to several hundred miles per hour!  They used the cannon to blast holes in 1/8″ plywood and to puncture three empty soda cans at once.  This was all just using an ordinary ping pong ball and air pressure.

Vacuum pump

Vacuum pump

Huge cannon barrel

Huge cannon barrel

Cannon barrel

Cannon barrel

Nick explaining how the vacuum cannon works

Nick explaining how the vacuum cannon works

Maker Faire San Mateo 2012

Maker Faire San Mateo was last weekend on May 19 and 20 and a few of us went down there to take part in all the fun.  ”What exactly is Maker Faire?” you may ask.  It’s difficult to describe Maker Faire to someone who has never been.  Maker Faire is possibly best described as the greatest show and tell on Earth.  There are a lot of creative people out there and they like to make things.  Maker Faire is a place to bring those things and people together so they can show off their work and become inspired.  It doesn’t matter if the work is electronic, artistic, practical, or virtual.  Maker Faire is a fantastic inspiration and motivator to get others to start making.  That is why we are compelled to bring a bit of the Maker Faire flavor to Eugene.  To help illustrate just what Maker Faire is, here are a few photographs we took at last weeks Maker Faire in San Mateo.

Dalek

Dr. Who fan? How about a real life Dalek?

Enormous fire sculpture

Enormous fire sculpture. Attendees can press a button that controls one of three flame throwers.

Gigantic robotic face

Attendees could control this gigantic robotic face using a series of switches.

Face control switches.

Face control switches.

Makerbot replicator

This is the Makerbot replicator. It prints 3D objects from your computer out of plastic!

3D printed robots

These small robots were all mostly printed on the 3D printer.

Musical Tesla coils

These large Tesla coils make musical lightning bolts up to 12 feet long!

Lego city

This is a small city made entirely out of Lego.

Real life Wall-E

Real life Wall-E

Angry garden gnomes

Angry garden gnomes

That is just a tiny fraction of what Maker Faire has to offer.  There are so many incredible things to see that have all been made by regular people.  We are excited to bring a taste of Maker Faire to Eugene so we can see what local residents are making.  Do you have something you want to show off?  Do you know someone who makes really cool stuff?  Sign up for a table and show the world how awesome you are!  If not, never fear.  Just show up to the faire and see what others have done.  You are bound to find some inspiration and walk away with a new outlook on the world around you.