On September 13, 2014, with the help of many other SpaceLab members, makers, sponsors, community members, and volunteers, I'll be hosting my very first Mokena Mini Maker Faire. This has been a dream of mine, really, over the past the five years I've been involved in hackerspaces. Hosting a Maker Faire is an excellent way to alter how we look at the world; to educate others and expand their minds, a passion of my own.
David Foster Wallace's commencement speech at Kenyon College, famously entitled "This is Water" is well enough known now to sum it up shortly: it's easy to get stuck in a way of thinking, on rails, in life. A good education, or a person who's trained themselves to objectively think, serves us well inasmuch as they're able to break out of our every day commonplace thought patterns.
Maker Faires help us do exactly that: they help us see things differently.
This year's Mokena Mini Maker Faire will host a trebuchet, a near space balloon, a 10 ft. tall musical instrument, a Borg boquet, an augmented reality sandbox, learn-to-solder tent, green screen lightsaber battles, an Etsy craft table, and more. The collective brainpower and artistic expression shown in just these exhibits is incredibly exciting, and is exactly the mix of science, technology, and art that encourages different thinking, and breaks us out of our collective ruts.
Hope to see you out there.