It’s May 7th, 2016 and the Northside Chicago Mini-Maker Faire is in full swing, one of the oldest if not the oldest in Chicago. The venue this year is the venerable Chicago landmark Carl Schurz High School near Addison and Milwaukee Avenue.
There was much to see and do this year, but here are six you may have missed that deserve mention.
Maker Faire is sort of like a show-and-tell science fair for everyone; a place where visitors participate in fun hands-on crafts and where innovators across a broad spectrum of disciplines show off their latest creations.
The first Maker Faire was hosted in 2006 and attracted a relatively small audience. In the decade since its inception, over 100 Maker Faires have sprouted around the globe. This is one of them. It’s a lot to take in, but I’m going to share what stood out for me. Come along!
1. Game of Drones
No Maker Faire is complete without a decent smattering of quad-copter drones demonstrating their acrobatics. But local club, Chicago Drone Racers, are taking this to another level in a sport that’s been growing in popularity, drone racing. The club is also supported by partner company MadLab Industries.
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