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Maker Faire - May 18, 2013

Maker Faire
When: May 18, 2013, 9:20am-7:30pm
Where: San Mateo County Events Center
Who: All Troop 33 Scouts
Cost: Covers transportation and Saturday’s admission (bring money for food and souvenirs). 
  • $20 for scouts 12 and under
  • $25 for scouts 13 and above
  • $35 for adults 
How: Sign up here
SIC: Kevin Schultz
ACMark Schultz

The Maker Faire is a once a year event in the bay area where people from around the world come with weird and interesting contraptions to show off or to see all the creations people have made. At the Maker Faire you can walk around and see many interesting things at exhibits such as huge Tesla coils that shoot electricity at a metal cage with people standing inside. But the cool part about this exhibit is that when a band plays on their instruments in the background, the electricity makes sound as it hits the metal cage making the best rock concert ever! While you are there watch out for makeshift bikes and five person long bikes pedaling past you. There are two enormous warehouses packed with the latest technology and cool stuff, such as a programmable glider that is flown up to the top of the atmosphere with a weather balloon which then pops and the glider then glides all the way back to earth to land on the deck of your yacht. 

My favorite exhibits are the Angry Battleships and the Robot Demolition. Angry Battleships is an exhibit done by a hobby group that owns a bunch of WW2 module ships such as battleships. At show time, the group puts on a huge battle where these battleships and other ships such as destroyers battle it out with by firing BB’s at each other till one team is completely sunk. Robot Demolition is done by a bunch of people who decided to soup-up some boring old construction equipment by making them remote control, adding some really cool armor. And because nobody could live without it, they made them shoot fire as they smash junk with wrecking balls, spikes and the treads of their vehicles. There is way too much to see and do at the Maker Faire (that’s why it goes all weekend long). So I hope that you can come to this extremely fun event! 

Our plan is to meet at the Church at 9:20 and carpool to the Faire at 9:30. Once we have entered the Faire, we will probably start with a show (e.g. Angry Battleships show, Tesla show). Once the show is over we will split up into groups with one adult and several boys. From then on the groups will plan what they’re going to do. NOTE: Time flies at the Maker Fair and I advise all groups to plan out there Entire Day! For the last thirty minutes of the trip we will all meet up at the Maker shed. There people can buy souvenirs building kits and some of the coolest Iphone cases I’ve ever seen. We are planning to leave the Maker Faire between 6:30 to 7:00 and arrive back at the Church at between 7:00 to 7:30. 

~Kevin Schultz

More information can be found at the Maker Faire Website ( 

In addition to the normal activity consent form, the Maker Faire has an additional liability release from that must be signed to gain entry to most exhibits. 

Checks may be mailed to: 

Mark Schultz
790 Edge Lane
Los Altos, CA 94024 

Please sign up now! We can get a group discount on tickets if we order 12 or more tickets by May 12. 
Brent Browning,
May 6, 2013, 11:39 PM