The global Maker movement returned to Yorkshire this weekend as Eureka! The National Children’s Museum welcomed thousands of visitors for the second annual Halifax Mini Maker Faire.
Yorkshire’s only official Mini Maker Faire bought together more than 60 inventors, engineers, artists and makers from across the UK, who introduced 2,500 visitors to the science and engineering behind their creations whilst giving them opportunities to get hands-on with demonstrations and projects to take home.
Sheffield’s Small Machines introduced inquisitive young makers to hydraulics and mechanics using laser-cut kits, whilst Sand in Your Eye took over the giant Eureka! Sandpit to showcase their unique sand sculptures. Philomena the Spectre Collector brought a sprinkling of Steampunk to proceedings, as she showed visitors how to trap the spirits of soldiers and mermaids in tiny trinket bottles.
Manic Science got children creating their own slime out of household ingredients, before running candyfloss and giant bubble-making sessions.
The inventive folks from Oomlout, Swanky Paint,York Hackspace and Leeds Hackspace showed off some of their unique creations, whilst Hebden Bridge’s legendary Handmade Parade led regular parades of their larger-than-life bird creations through the Eureka! grounds.
Visitors also got to try their hands at soldering, circuitry, crown and piñata making, getting creative with clay and more!
Jenny Parker, Eureka! Play & Learning Manager – one of the organisers of the event said “We’re really excited to have been able to run our second Mini Maker Faire at Eureka! It has been a great success, and we know that families have loved getting to have a go at soldering, battling robots and playing with some really amazing inventions.”
Aaron Nielsen, CEO of Oomlout Ltd, one of the Makers in attendance, said “Halifax Mini Maker Faire brings together an eclectic mix of performers, crafters and tech people. Huge thanks to the team here at Eureka!, who have done a great job hosting the event, and such a unique venue to hold it in!”
Giles Grover, Owner/Designer of Small Machines said, “This is the second year for Small Machines at Halifax Mini Maker Faire and, if I ask myself why I’m here, the answer is simple – it’s for the quality of the feedback that I receive from the people testing out our machines. Children in particular are so honest and direct in their feedback and, when I receive comments such as a simple “wow”, I know that we’re on the right track. It really is field research of the highest level – attending has helped our product development immeasurably. Plus, of course, the venue is a joy!”
We’ll be sharing loads more photos, info about our amazing makers and videos of Halifax Mini Maker Faire later this week but in the meantime, a HUGE thanks to all the makers and visitors who joined us this weekend – we had a blast and we really hope you did too!