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    All Hands In for Boston’s Mini Maker Faire!

    Donald Bell
    Published on - October 17, 2018 by Donald Bell


    Remember Show-and-Tell Day at school? Wasn't it the best day ever? Recently, Tinkercad joined 150 other Maker-exhibitors for a fun-filled day of showing, telling, making, and learning at the Boston Mini Maker Faire at Boston Children’s Museum.

    Imagine, Design & Make with Tinkercad: Autodesk was a sponsor of Boston’s Mini Maker Faire at Boston Children’s Museum.

    We felt right at home at this awesome convergence of makerspaces, artists, corporations, startup companies, universities, robotics teams, educators, fabricators, woodworkers, textile artists, jewelry makers, engineers, inventors, cosplayers, DIYers, musicians, metal-smithers, and so much more! Over the course of two days, over 4,500 creative-doers of all ages visited the Mini Maker Faire to engage in hands-on activities and build their knowledge.

    “The Boston Mini Maker Faire is such a wonderful celebration of the types of science, engineering, art, and creative experiences we offer at Boston Children’s Museum throughout the year,” said Melissa Higgins, the museum’s STEAM Director. “We couldn’t pull off such a great festival for our visitors without the support of organizations and sponsors like Autodesk, who really understand our vision for hands-on experiences and support that same type of learning through their own work every day.”

    Making is for everyone: Children and adults shared elbow room at Autodesk’s booth.

    Visitors to the Autodesk booth learned how you can use Tinkercad’s Scribble feature to draw designs that could be 3D printed to make jewelry, backpack hangers, zipper pulls, and other accessories to personalize your look and express yourself.

    How many combinations can you create?: It’s fun to see how many variations you can make on the same theme!

    This activity made design accessible to all ages, as toddlers worked alongside adults, using their hands and tools (like pliers and tweezers) and materials such as beads, ribbon, hardware (like washers and bolts,) and colorful Scribble charms to make unique patterns and flex their creative muscles.

    Kids love hand tools too!: Pliers are a great starter tool because they are generally safe and easy to use with malleable materials.

    Autodesk employees - including, Amanda Fowler, a member of BattleBots Team Brutus! - also had the chance to chat with participants about how you can use Maker skills to innovate and solve real-world problems.

    Like peas and carrots: Team Tinkercad felt right at home with cool robots.

    The Boston Mini Maker Faire is produced by Boston Children's Museum. The original Maker Faire event was held in San Mateo, CA, and in 2018 celebrated its thirteenth annual show with some 900 makers and 90,000 people in attendance. World Maker Faire New York, the other flagship event, has grown in six years to over 900 makers and 95,000 attendees.

    Thank you to Boston Children’s Museum for the opportunity to stimulate Boston’s creative spirit!

    -Written by Kellyanne Mahoney

    Tags: Inspiration