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Power Wheels Racing Series

Power Wheels Racing was an exciting addition to Maker Faire Pittsburgh this year!  As the crowds cheered, cars in the form of a Lego block, Lightning McQueen, ambulance, the Bluth stairs, even a waffle jockeyed for position on the course.  Some sped by, others traveled more leisurely.  Moxie points were in high contention and the sprints and the endurance race had thrilling finishes.  We can’t wait for next year!  Here are the official results:

Maker Faire Pittsburgh Power Wheels Race

Sprint 1 (Saturday):   Baltimore Burners – Lightning McQueen
Sprint 2 (Saturday):   HackPittsburgh – Lego Car
Endurance (Sunday):   HackPittsburgh – Lego Car
Moxie:  HackPittsburgh – Lego Car
Overall:  HackPittsburgh – Lego Car

Power Wheel Racing 2016 Season

Championship, Tesla Cup:   Master Builders Racing – MB4
Race Points, Chapman Trophy:   FUBAR Labs – FUBAR
Moxie Cup:   Baltimore Burners – Lightning McQueen

Maker Faire 2016 Was a Blast!

Maker Faire was a time to play and learn.  We got the weekend off to a joyful start with a Faire field trip for school groups on Remake Learning Education Friday.  Thank you to Remake Learning for its support, all of the students and educators who attended, and the makers who ran workshops and set up their booths early to show everyone their amazing projects.

Over the beautiful weekend, makers and attendees (and basically anyone who got near the Faire!) demonstrated, shared, played, learned and became more inspired with every encounter.  We walked amongst Storm Troopers, monsters and people from other worlds – even a roaming Dalek. Drones flew, realities were altered,  race cars crashed, dancers and painters made art together, chocolate Makeys were molded, theater improvised, planes soared, robots wowed – and that’s just a short list of the unique experiences had at the Faire.

It takes a community of amazing people to pull off a Maker Faire and this event was no exception.  Top of the list is Maker Faire Director Kayce Dewey, and Chad Elish of Faire co-producer HackPittsburgh for their long hours and hard work.  A standing O for all of the makers who spent the weekend sharing and playing and learning with attendees. We are grateful for the support of all our wonderful Sponsors.  The Faire ran smoothly on account of the incredible Faire staff led by Greg, Allie and Casey, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh staff and the many fabulous volunteers.

As this Faire goes in the books, we know many people are planning, designing and tweaking their next maker project as a result of what they learned and saw this past weekend.

Remember to post your photos and highlights to @makerfairepgh on Twitter and Instagram, and on Facebook.  
Thank you!  #makerfairepgh

Highlights from Maker Faire Pittsburgh 2015


Making the Faire Accessible to Everyone

IMG_4299 cropChildren’s Museum of Pittsburgh thanks the Pittsburgh Pirates, Westinghouse, Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh and Urban Innovation 21 for their support in helping all members of our community attend Maker Faire Pittsburgh.

Thanks also to the Pittsburgh Pirates and Westinghouse for underwriting the Museum’s ability to extend its Museums for All policy to Maker Faire Pittsburgh 2015 attendees.

In addition to the accessibility accommodations from the Children’s Museum, we were excited to welcome several makers whose projects focus on making experiences accessible to all, including:

Xogo (formerly Haxbox) makes it easy to use all sorts of interfaces — joysticks, buttons, sip-n-puff, etc – to play the latest game consoles, letting you fully customize how you play favorite video games. It allows people with physical disabilities to play alongside abled friends and socialize on an equal footing.

Watch Xogo in action at Maker Faire

Find Some Flow creates inclusive play and play spaces round Pittsburgh in its quest to free play and play for the masses, create engaging examples of the power of play and deliver these experiences to the populations that need them most.  It supports wildly engaging health experiences, challenges perspectives and adapts environments to change what is possible through games, play and the principles that underlie them.

Watch Find Some Flow inclusive games at Maker Faire