They’re happening all across the country, these celebrations of DIY, creativity and the “can do” spirit. There is one happening in Portsmouth on Saturday, September 14 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Dan Borick, Planetarium Manager of the Children’s Museum, and coordinator of the Maker Fest, says Maker Fest Portsmouth is all about “the do it yourself spirit that is in everyone’s DNA.” I might be interested in making the ultimate peanut butter and jelly sandwich or you might be working on creating code for a rescue robot. We are both using our creativity and intellect to do something better, in a different way. That’s what Maker Fest is all about.
The ultimate goal of Maker Fest is “to engage and excite children, families and adults to explore Maker/DIY culture and become Makers themselves.” The Children’s Museum and Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center have invited tinkerers, inventors, woodworkers, artists, techies, beekeepers, lapidarists, robot builders, carvers, spinners, animators, and much more to both locations. These people are passionate about their projects. They don’t just sit, they do.
Dan Borick has a degree in Earth and Space Science. He is a techie through and through. One of his pet projects for this year’s Maker Fest is the “augmented reality sandbox”. It will be a sandbox, with real sand, set up inside the Children’s Museum. As you and your favorite kids build features from sand, they will be projected onto the sand as a 3D map in full color. Create the contours of the earth, plow it down and start again, unless someone else is waiting outside the sandbox to create.
Borick also loves drones. Everyone loves drones. There will be drones to fly, but you will also learn how to “code a drone” to fly and perform a mission.
Local Star Wars reenactors will be on hand. They are the ultimate DIYers. They design and create all of their own costumes and equipment, including helmets and light sabers. They are excited to show you the process.
Over at the Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center, the Makers will lean a more towards the artistic. You can learn how to make origami, do some painting, make a cigar box guitar, watch glass making, learn about virtual animation, ceramics, pandrums and more.
Some wise person somewhere said, “It’s all about the process, not the product.” Creativity, intellect, those vital neural pathways in the brain that raise up our IQ and brain flexibility are formed by doing. Maker Fest Portsmouth celebrates the creating, the doing, and there will be lots of fun along the way.
For more information about Maker Fest Portsmouth go to https://childrensmuseumvirginia.com/maker-fest-portsmouth-2/