The very core of The Crucible is about learning and doing: inspiring creativity in everyone, and unleashing their potential to make things. It’s no surprise then that you’ll find us at the 2012 East Bay Mini Maker Faire. If you like building / tinkering / fixing / prototyping / making things, block off October 14th on your calendar immediately…

A Maker Faire is about celebrating learning and doing, not the finished and perfect end product. It’s a place to share what we’re learning with others, and celebrate the fun and freedom of being an amateur.

Featuring both established and emerging local “makers,” the East Bay Mini Maker Faire is a family-friendly celebration coming to Oakland for its second year on Sunday, October 14, 2012. It will feature rockets and robots, DIY science and technology, urban farming and sustainability, alternative energy, bicycles, unique hand-made crafts, music and local food, and educational workshops and installations.

Maker Faire started back in 2006 as a spin-off of MAKE magazine. The original Maker Faire entertains over 100,000 visitors in San Mateo over a weekend at the end of every May, and additional Maker Faires have now happened appeared in Austin, Detroit and New York City; Mini Maker Faires have started to sprout up around the United States and the world, including events in Ann Arbor, Seattle, Tampa Bay, Kansas City, Shenzhen, Dublin, Brighton.

The East Bay Mini Maker Faire follows the “big” Maker Faire model of celebrating do-it-yourself creativity and tinkering, but is smaller in scale (150 makers vs. 800 makers; 5,000 people on one day vs. 50,000) and will showcase the wonders of Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

The East Bay Mini Maker Faire is fortunate to have Park Day School as its host and sponsor. Park Day School has just expanded its campus to 4 beautiful acres snuggled behind Oakland Technical High School in the Temescal district, and is opening its doors of this secret wonder to the greater East Bay for the Mini Maker Faire. The Faire also utilizes the wonderful and adjacent facilities of Studio One Art Center, Oakland’s only city-run building and program dedicated to studio arts instruction in a wide range of media for persons of all ages.

The Crucible will be on hand with demonstrations and information, complete with red hot metal and roaring fire effects.

Additional Resources

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