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A couple of weekends ago I had the amazing opportunity to participate as an exhibitor at Maker Faire Bay Area. I had heard a whole lot about the event, but had never been. Recently my kids have gotten really into watching Adam Savage's videos on Tested.com's YouTube site (I'll admit it - I like watching them too!) I have a special place in my heart for Adam Savage. We've spent many an hour watching Mythbusters being awed and amused by their experiments. So being given this chance to visit San Francisco on a work trip where I could participate in an event with Adam and his Tested.com team was something I was very excited for.

I'll delve into the details in a later post, but the reason I was able to participate in Maker Faire was due to being involved with an awesome kid's app for iPad called Get Qurious. It's a creative combination of science and art, education and fun, augmented reality and hands on creation. I was in charge of developing and illustrating several craft projects for their products. So the team called me in to run the crafting portion of the Get Qurious booth.

Get Qurious booth at Maker Faire

I didn't really know what to expect at Maker Faire. I'm a regular comic con attendee in Seattle, but Maker Faire itself seemed like a special kind of different. All I knew was that everything from cooking demonstrations to virtual reality and everything in between would be on site. But what that wou.ld look like, I had no idea.

My first evening in San Francisco I decided to attend the Maker Faire After Dark event at the Exploratorium. The Exploratorium is an amazing science museum for all ages, with a plethora of hands on learning and behind the scenes peeks. I'd been to the Exploratorium on a prior trip to the city, but it had changed locations since my visit. This was all going to be brand new. The museum is currently housed on the waterfront in an old wharf building San Francisco with a beautiful view of the bay. It is massive and filled to the brim with amazing things to explore. For this evening event there were some Maker Faire participants on hand with their craft to share. A remote control robot mouse that scurried to and fro betw