Maker Faire Atlanta is the greatest show and tell of the year as it celebrates the entire making community in our great city! And this year we showed up with our shiniest and loudest bells on, ready to celebrate all the wonderful making that happens at our makerspace.
Held at the Georgia Freight Depot in downtown Atlanta on Oct 22, MFA 2017 saw us roll in with a truck load including our enormous robot lantern and swarm of robot head lanterns that shone so brightly at the Atlanta Beltline Parade this year.
We also brought along our Giant Jenga, Supersized Space Force, and Beat the Buzzer games that were built by our community as well as our always-popular button making.
A couple of our members pulled together a “This May Hurt” photo booth with air cannons, feather boas, and a slow-motion camera.
Other members brought their own projects such as a DIY car, Arduino run tombstones with lights dancing to music, a sandbox with motion sensor topographical map, crocheted glasses, a gasifier, and more. Plus a water cooling system for a PC built by some of our creative teen members; Very cool!
And congratulations to one of our members, John Olthoff, for winning the grand prize in Maker Faire Atlanta Innovation Showcase Finals! His Hexapod and Walking Machine rock. And a big shout out to two more members, Paulette Richards (with her animatronic puppets) and Preston Ladds (with his piano teaching software), for their showing as finalists too. Woot woot! We have some crazy inventive Makers in our community.
We are so fortunate to be a part of such a large and inventive making community in Atlanta. Fun was had by all and we’re already looking forward to next year.