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Lehigh Valley Science Festival


Saturday, March 22, 2014 (Rain or Shine) 9:30 am - 5 pm at Coca-Cola park, Allentown, PA

It a free family event for with fun for all ages!  There will be a Text and Drive Simulator by AT&T, Gummy Worms and Fingerprints by the Cedar Crest College Chemistry Department, Hands-on Lego Building and Robotics by Igutech, Robotics, 3D Printers, Music, and More by Da Vinci Science Center's SPOT Program, and SO many more activities!

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World Maker Faire NYC 2013 with Make Lehigh Valley

We have a luxury bus for the 2nd annual Make Lehigh Valley trip to the World Maker Faire NYC on September 21st!

Part science fair part county fair...

...last year they had workshops, dozens of 3D printers of all shapes and sizes, concerts with theremins, presentations, quad-copters, sales on all sorts of electronics kits, organic crafts, light shows, flying objects, giant 20' butterflies you could ride around in, the New York Hall of Science is included, and so much more.  Good luck seeing it all!

Get a ride with us and get in on a 25% group discount for entry tickets!
Additionally, if the bus fills up we will be able to do a rebate for the bus ride up to $10 per passenger.

Taking a bus is a great way to meet and hang out with a bunch of other makers and a real easy trip into New York City.  The bus will drop us off and pick us up right at the front gate of the faire.

We're leaving at 9am from the Da Vinci Science Center parking lot in Allentown.  Directions to the Science Center can be found on their website.

Get an entry ticket and a seat on the bus from our WePay page.  If you've already purchased a ticket, you can still ride with us, just be sure to select the appropriate ride ticket.  You can also pay by cash or check at the Space, but email us to let us know as it is first come first serve.

Maker Faire is primarily designed to be forward-looking, showcasing makers who are exploring new forms and new technologies. But it’s not just for the novel in technical fields; Maker Faire features innovation and experimentation across the spectrum of science, engineering, art, performance and craft.

Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. It’s a venue for makers to show examples of their work and interact with others about it. Many makers say they have no other place to share what they do. DIY (Do-It-Yourself) is often invisible in our communities, taking place in shops, garages and on kitchen tables. It’s typically out of the spotlight of traditional art or science or craft events. Maker Faire makes visible these projects and ideas that we don’t encounter every day.


A Simple Arduino Robot

At the Science Festival one of the things we talked about in the Arduino area was how easy it is to make a robot out of an RC car. This guy's arduino robot is pretty basic, but has lots of room to expand.

Here is a short video and associated intractable on doing exactly that.

Instructable: Make your RC car drive itself with this simple brain swap


Science Festival – Great Success!

Jim teaching Nick to solder

Saturday at the Science Festival of the Lehigh Valley, we taught over 40 kids to solder, saw kids eyes light up with the potential of 3D printing, showed off the simple power of Arduinos and had a great time. We had a real solid group of folks sharing in the responsibility of the booth and I think it showed in the participation of attendees.

We also passed out every piece of literature about Make Lehigh Valley we had and started writing out the website on extra name tags. If you are looking for more information, feel free to look around here.

Thank you to everyone who came by and thank you for everyone who volunteered to make this happen.

Thank you also to AEDC and Hive 4A for being critical partners in making this opportunity available to us.

See more pictures on Facebook.

We ran out of soldering handouts at the festival. If you would like one they are available to download.


Science Festival Radio Announcement

We recorded a little radio spot to highlight our involvement in the Science Festival of the Lehigh Valley. It will air on Lehigh Valley Tech Radio.

We will have the following fun activities to share with the Lehigh Valley:

  • 3D scanning using a Microsoft Kinect
  • 3D printing
  • basic soldering classes
  • interactive arduino microcontroller projects
  • more

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