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2009/03/14
 17:34:16

Make: Day 2009 at the Science Museum of Minnesota

Besides being π Day, today was also Make: Day at the Science Museum of Minnesota. In a collaboration with Make: television (which is from TPT), individual and community-made projects were displayed around the museum. I think my favorite quote from the day was when a little kid pointed to a tabletop trebuchet and John Park said Oh, it's perfectly safe. Push down on it as hard as you can. A small beanbag was quickly launched at head level through the crowd.

For exhibits, there were plenty of robots from Twin Cities Robotics Club, as well as some robots from a high school. Both apparently have competitions somewhat regularly. Kinda like Battle Bots, but in just achieving a goal (push the other one out or shoot baskets from an unknown but likely slick surface) rather than destroying other robots.

One exhibit was Tripoli Minnesota High Power Rocketry Club, which unfortunately didn't have any actual rockets there (given the size in photos, they wouldn't have really fit). As one of the guys said while handing us a flyer, Rockets for big boys. They have a launch day on May 9 from 9am to around 4pm, which could be an interesting event. A prominent line on the brochure is Spectators Welcome — anyone interested in going to watch on May 9 or one of their other scheduled dates this summer?

The Flash & Glow exhibit was rather interesting. It was very interesting material to play with, but unfortunately does not appear to be cheap. The 3D printing and many audio devices were interesting as well. Links to the different projects are available on the Make: Day site.

I did take photos and video of Make: Day, and also threw together a short video of the photos. Enjoy.

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By JoeBuck on 2009/03/16 at 19:20:10

I like the photos and the animoto video turned out great. The middle bit has an oceans 11 feel to it that I really dug.