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Maker Faire Austin – October 20

Submitted by on October 22, 2007 – 6:58 pmOne Comment

5:45am – leave house with 8 year old son.
6:00am – pick up office manager’s 12 year old son.
10:00am – arrive in 1st Annual Maker Faire Austin
10:01am – view “Art Cars”
11:00am – my son cranks the cranks to start the life sized mousetrap game
12:00pm – boys go on crazy bicycle-driven rides
3:00pm – we launch the rockets we made earlier in the day
3:45pm – buy solar race car kits for the boys
4:00pm – watch the Eepy Bird guys do the Mento’s and Diet Coke choreographed fountain!
5:15pm – pack up for home
9:15pm – go to sleep back at home in Plano

I can’t explain to you what a great experience this was! The boys saw, experienced, and really understood what it takes to make and create their own inventions. Do not miss it next year! I’ll be there with my younger daughter to get her underway on the path to being a maker.

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  • Cindy says:

    I can not tell you how much my son enjoyed the Maker Faire. He has talked about it non-stop since he arrived home from the weekend in Austin. Having a child who has always been intrigued by inventions and engineering is a little threatening when I can not talk to him about his interests. I can only listen. Having a place to go and be able to see others who have the same interests and ideas really excited him. He has a goal in life to be a Roller Coaster Designer and Engineer. The Makers Faire was a perfect place for his mind to gain ideas, excitement, and knowledge about his future.
    He came home with a list of supplies he wanted to get so that he could start making some ideas that were floating around in his brain. He kept talking about what he saw and wanted me to really enjoy what he saw.
    My son has already told me that he will be sure to work on his grades in school and really concentrate on learning as much as possible. He understands that it all relates to his future and life’s dreams now.
    What an experience for a 13 year old to have! For someone his age to really understand what the present has to do with the future.
    I am very lucky to have such a wonderful family as friends to include my kids and family in such great life changing events.

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