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Call for Makers Now OPEN

22511748782_b2610b43d3_oCalling all makers, tinkerers, inventors, hackers and do-it-yourselfers: the Call for Entries is now open for Maker Faire Pittsburgh 2016!

Maker Faire Pittsburgh will be held October 15-16, 2016, on Pittsburgh’s Historic Northside. New this year is our Education Friday, to be held on October 14, 2016.  This is a special sneak preview for all students and schools in the region from grades 2-12 to enjoy the Faire!


Maker Faire Pittsburgh is looking for a wide variety of eclectic, diverse and forward thinking projects and ideas that highlight the DIY and tinkerer spirit. Exhibits and displays can range from student projects, robotics, 3D printers and CNC mills, textile arts and crafts, home energy monitoring, rockets and R/C toys, sustainability, green tech, radios, vintage computers and game systems, electronics, electric vehicles, biology/biotech and chemistry projects, puppets, kites, bicycles, and unusual tools or machines.

Individuals, groups, schools, clubs, organizations, and commercial makers are invited to apply to demonstrate what they make and share what they have learned with other makers and with the community.

Round 1 Application Deadline:  July 15, 2016

Round 2 Application Deadline:  August 15, 2016

Want to learn more? Join us for one of these Maker Info Sessions:


July 12, 6:30PM, at HackPittsburgh in Uptown   Click here to register

July 28, 6:30PM, at  Innovation Works in Pgh’s Northside   Click here to register

Education Friday


New This Year!
Maker Faire Pittsburgh Education Friday
Friday, October 14, 2016

Where: Buhl Community Park and Nova Place (formerly Allegheny Center) On Pittsburgh’s Historic Northside

Give kids an up-close look at the creative, inspiring and innovative world of making through hands-on activities, demonstrations and workshops.

Tickets to Maker Faire Education Day will be free of charge for all schools and community organizations. Registration for Maker Faire Education Day tickets will begin on August 15, 2016.

As leaders in the Maker Movement, we are dedicated to celebrating and inspiring Makers.  This day offers an excellent opportunity to engage kids in the Maker Movement and have a hands-on experience in the world of making.

Students who come to Maker Faire will:

  • Meet, interact, and converse with individual Makers, who are sharing their unique passions
  • Become exposed to the wide breadth of art, science, engineering, history, and interdisciplinary subject areas that all involve making
  • Experience live performances and demonstrations
  • Engage in hands-on workshops and activities, resulting in a project to take home
  • Become exposed to, and feel welcomed and supported in, the Maker community
  • Be inspired with at least one new idea to try at home or in school
  • Feel excited to make every day a making day, and to return the next day!

Click here to join the Maker Faire mailing list and stay up-to-date on details and information for Maker Faire Pittsburgh Education Friday.

Highlights from Maker Faire Pittsburgh 2015



Here are just a few of the wonderful images captured at Maker Faire Pittsburgh 2015.  See the entire album at our Flickr site.

Photos by Larry Rippel.


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