The Maker Faire UK is an event which regularly attracts thousands of visitors from the North East and way beyond to the Life Science Centre in Newcastle.
Proving that science and engineering can be fun, useful, creative, and even beautiful, the two-day event promises to fire up imaginations and inspire a widespread retreat to the sheds at the bottoms of gardens all over the place to ‘make stuff’.
For anyone who hasn’t had the pleasure, Maker Faire UK is a celebration of makers from all backgrounds, whether they are technical wizards, garden-shed inventors or eager beginners.
Last year’s extravaganza sported huge robots, car-crushing claws and a mechanical fire-breathing dragon.
Preparations are well underway for the arrival of the 2015 event, which will take over the popular attraction on the weekend on April 25 and 26.
This year, visitors should expect more incredible crafts and inventions; with attractions such as and the gloriously gloopy Osmosis Machine - where science meets art.
As always, home-made handiwork is expected to be the backbone of Maker Faire UK.
Makers, crafters, coders and DIYers come from all over the globe to showcase their unique creations. There will also be talks from innovative exhibitors and workshops where aspiring makers can pick up some essential skills.
This year’s event is set to have added fizz thanks to internet sensations EepyBird who are flying in from the US to perform a spectacular live version of their famous Extreme Diet Coke & Mentos Experiments, one of the Internet’s best-known viral videos of all time. If you haven’t seen it, you should.
The show will be performed outdoors in Times Square and will see geysers of soda erupting more than 25 feet into the air when EepyBird’s Fritz Grobe and Stephen Voltz don their lab coats and drop 624 Mentos mints into 104 two-litre bottles of Diet Coke. Do not try that in your kitchen. Or back garden for that matter.
Fritz says: “We cannot wait to put on a great show for everyone attending Maker Faire UK. We’re excited to see all the projects from other Makers too – we’re regulars at the US Maker Faires and we love the buzz of meeting so many creative people in once place.”
Linda Conlon, chief executive at Life says: “Fritz and Stephen epitomise the maker ethos, they’re creative and like to experiment with everyday things. Their show is a wonderful and entertaining spectacle using such mundane things as coke and mints. We’re confident it’ll be a huge success.”
Tickets for the event are on sale and priced at £9.95 per adults and £24.10 for a family ticket (2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children). For more information or to buy tickets online, visit www.MakerFaireUK.com where the full line up and programme is available.
This year’s headline supporters of Maker Faire UK are: Northumbria University, The Reece Foundation, MediaTek Labs and Make Magazine.
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