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K-9, the robot dog.


Demonstrating what the team has built to compete in the FIRST Robotics program.


Learn more about how to become a member of the Remake Learning Network!


Create and test a musical instrument to play with others and take it home to enjoy.

We will share the advent of CAD Design and rapid model making to inspire kids and adults that they can make anything they want.

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My display consists of small homemade scratch-built engines. They are sensitive enough that when they are placed in the palm of my hand they can run powered by body heat alone.


Learn how eighth grade students from the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf made personalized chess pieces for their school using 3D modeling and printing and reverse engineering. The students will hold a demonstration of Rhinoceros 3D, Makerbot 3D printer and the Next Engine 3D Scanner to show their process.


Handcrafted organic and natural soap, lotion and body butter, etc.


Handmade jewelry made from recycled circuit boards and resin


Custom CNC Controller and retrofitted CNC mill


Power Wheels Racing Team.


See customer creations by local builders and build with our bulk brick!

We will allow visitors to recreate existing Pokemon to look the way they want (with a few constraints) and also teach them about animation and making things move using code. We will also teach visitors how to do super simple coding that creates cool outputs that they can see such as math problem and if/else statements.


Oribotix is the combination of origami art and robotics. Our exhibit will demonstrate a few DIY Oribotix creations. All of the origami are original works of art by Ethan Priore (age 10), and the robotics are comprised of Arduino-based microcontrollers and simple servo motors and sensors.


This is one team also competing in the power racing series


Bring your Lego creations to life…size. This exhibit of large-scale Lego-inspired bricks lets children (and adults!) experience Lego construction in a bigger way. Prototype your creation using Lego bricks, then try to replicate your design using the large-scale bricks. It’s not as easy as it looks but it’s just as fun.


Thinking of running a Kickstarter? Come get hands-on feedback to make your Kickstarter a success!


A mixed-reality system that bridges the advantages of physical and virtual worlds to improve children’s science and inquiry learning in a more enjoyable and collaborative way. It provides personalized interactive feedback to children and families as they experiment and make discoveries in their everyday physical environment.


Level up from video game player to video game maker! Come play video games designed by Pittsburgh-area youth and submitted to the National STEM Video Game Challenge ( Provide feedback to their makers. Learn about the elements of game design. Complete hands-on, minds-on, physical game design exercises. Start designing your own video game now!


My Portable Turbine is a 20foot wind turbine attached to the trailer hitch of my Jeep wrangler for off-road power generation.


Chartiers Valley teachers and students will demonstrate how they are using drones to document our construction project at the Chartiers Valley Middle School.


Frost Finery is proud to exhibit laser cut and hand-crafted jewelry and home goods.

Design and create an adhesive sticker to apply onto any surface!


Homemade/DIY mechanical and electrical demonstrations.


Meet PA Virtual Staff while making cool duct tape crafts!

What does it take to become a maker? How do I start showing my skills? Come talk with a Maker In Training.


HackPGH is Pittsburgh’s First Maker Space!


The Oasis Project is hosting a table for people of all ages to complete LEGO Robotics and coding challenges.

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Turtle Mail, AE Dreams’ first product, is a wooden mailbox for kids. It contains an embedded thermal printer and is WiFi-connected. Family and friends can send the children they love special messages from a mobile or desktop device. Parents can also sign their children up for developmentally appropriate activities and content, delivered daily from Turtle Mail.


The University of Pittsburgh’s Manufacturing Assistance Center (MAC) assists makers, manufacturers, and individuals in gaining a competitive advantage in the global economy via the use of advanced manufacturing technology and training. The Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence (IEE) is Western Pennsylvania’s number one resource for business leaders who are starting, growing or transitioning a business. Through a customized approach of one-on-one consulting, exclusive educational series, and deep connections to the region’s largest association of entrepreneurs, the IEE helps the business leaders of today and tomorrow achieve the Power to Prosper.


We have a race car for the Power Racing Series.

I am a maker of jewelry and art, using both fine and base metals, and techniques ranging from hundreds of years old, to very modern.


Handmade bowties from repurposed materials.


How to power WiFi networks with solar energy.


No soldering needed to create your own Space Ship shaped LED keychain. Come learn how a battery and LED circuit works and take your creation home!

Fusing ancient hand-finishing techniques and modern laser-cutting technologies, SubSanctuary releases intentional, organic works of wearable, displayable, and functioning artwork in natural wood, stone, and leather.


What would you do if all communications went down? Learn how you could communicate in times of disaster! Come experience what it’s like to operate an amateur radio station and speak with people from all over the world through radio waves (no infrastructure needed)! The principles you’ll experience here are the beginnings of all forms of wireless communication. Things like phone calls, texts, and Wi-Fi stem from this technology.


One person touches another person’s face. All of the touches are recorded by a 3D camera. The result is a sort of map of an intimate encounter.


Various interactive product demonstrations and pop-up store!

This is a hand cranked gatling gun capable of firing 144 rubber bands in approximately 8 seconds.


The ability to 3D print real metal parts is here! 3D Metal Printing is “the final frontier” of 3D printing. Metal is strong, durable, hard… no wonder it’s so desirable as a 3D printing material. See our machine and our 3D Metal Printed parts.


This is an area for us to work on out go kart during and in between the races.

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Make your own chocolate bar: 3-D CAD to 3-D Printer to Vacuum Former to Chocolate Bar to Yum!


A collection of blocks containing switches, lights, motors, relays, etc., which can be wired together with alligator-clipped wire (no soldering required) which illustrate basic concepts of electricity


Do you know what an integrative sport is? Join us to BUILD and take home your very own inclusive game kit. DESIGN your own accessible features for a new integrative sport, StoneHenge! PLAY TEST your equipment before taking it home!


Project MoNET is interactive art project that creates semi-abstract paintings based on crowd-sourced colors.


Wood and metal furniture and décor pieces designed for the bar and home.


This exhibit will show our modification of MakerBots and Printrbots with custom syringe pump extruders to 3D printing soft and edible materials.


AutoSet is a CNC attachment for your miter saw.


Come see a demo of how our self-guided studio space works! See a live feed of our studio and control the backdrop, lighting and camera functions right from the booth. You’ll be able to direct the subjects, make them read lines or act out. Then receive a copy of the video or photo via email.


Children will experience making and racing their very own Brush Bots. Musical sounds will also be created utilizing kitchen utensils and the Makey Makey. Opportunity to view Hummingbird robots that have been created by second grade students based on their environmental field trip.


Project MoNET is interactive art project that creates semi-abstract paintings based on crowd-sourced colors.


Serial converter module for converting Sun keyboard commands to USB commands.

A blast from the automation past. This 20+ year old CNC engraver was found and repaired to its former glory. Enter the text or logo you wish to engrave and press go! A conglomeration of pneumatics and electronics make this handheld machine really buzz. Grab a piece of material and engraver your name!


Come try your hand at 3D 3 Player chess! A wood project by Maker in Training.


​DON’T JUST WATCH VIDEOS. MAKE VIDEOS. Steeltown is hosting an interactive exhibit where participants will choose from a selection of mini scenes to try out one of many offered roles: talent, director, or cinematographer. A Steeltown representative will post the video at a later date for participants to view their completed “mini film.”


Piezoelectric speaker that plays music based on midi input.

Traditional skills in studio-based garment construction business from fashion sketch to body measurements to paper n’ pencil pattern-making, to muslin sloper to fashion fabric. The entire process from designer’s creation to the finished garment for a specific customer. After you take the person’s measurements then transform them into a paper pattern which you use on the fabric to complete a garment. While making for special abilities clientele you must take additional measurements and keep in mind things like wheelchairs, walkers, head rests, etc when designing.


Fantastic things brought to life on YouTube… and in real life.


BoXZY is a production-ready desktop makerspace that rapidly transforms into 3 kinds of machines: CNC Mill, 3D Printer & Laser Engraver, while enhancing precision & power with ballscrews.


It is a Raspberry Pi that has been modified to fit in a specially Laser Cut wooden Laptop case complete with a keyboard and touchscreen.

The WIU Center for Innovation and Creativity in Education will feature a hands-on exhibit designed to give participants an opportunity to interact with some of the most exciting educational tools available. Come join us and play!


These are gear clocks cut on the HackPGH CNC machine. They are powered by either an electromagnetically driven pendulum or a stepper motor.

We will be displaying cubesat satellite components and testing hardware built by the DetroitSat team,These devices were constructed using tools available at most hackerspaces for a fraction of the cost of their commercial counterparts. Designs will be open-sourced and build instructions made available online so that anyone can build their own attitude-controlled DIY satellite!

With the help of parents, children will make a Mondrian-inspired work of art using color “pixels” obtained from old magazines.

Ever sew a robot? Here’s your chance! Make a paper robot shape, decorate, sew and stuff, then choose a name and, voila: You have a new SewBot Friend!


a collection of pretty things for yourself or those you love. stationary, bags, and notebooks.


Live youth-hosted audio webcast from Maker Faire Pittsburgh on Youth Express, our 24/7 Internet radio station featuring original youth writing, music and conversation at


The 6V mini cooper kids toy started it journey in Illinois. It had previously been a child’s trusty vehicle, however the child had outgrown it. It was briefly thought as a lawn ornament before being put on ebay where it fell into the hands of an engineer. It has since been upgraded to 48 volt 1440 watt racing machine. Now it is the trusty side vehicle of a full grown adult who is a child at heart.


Vintage Robot designs and hand makes Robot apparel, art work, and jewelry crafted from recycled computers, watchers, and other materials.


LED Poi draw beautiful patterns as you spin them around, changing dynamically based on how they move.

Pizza Planet-style power racing series truck


Come and hear what Pittsburgh Public School Middle school students have to say about police brutality, racism, and their experience. Make your own pin that speaks about social issues you care about with your own Wearable Circuit.


Hanover Designs makes jewelry and accessories with industrial yet modern flair. Each hand-crafted piece we make combines the strength of concrete with a touch of luxury.


Demonstrations (w/ hands on setups) of tablet weaving and possibly of warp-weighted weaving techniques.


A maker selling laser-cut hand finished acrylic and wood jewelry. Colorful and lightweight earrings and necklaces, they are casual with elegant details.


We will bring the car and have demonstrations about how different parts of the car work.


This is a 42 note MIDI street organ capable of being driven any midi controller.


PittMesh is Pittsburgh’s Community Wireless Network. It is built using mesh networking technology and allows local neighborhoods to provide free public WiFi for their residents, businesses, and visitors. PittMesh is supported by local community leaders and volunteers and is administered by Meta Mesh Wireless Communities, a non-profit organization.

Naked Geometry creates functional design, using geometry and woodworking to craft everything from end tables to lamps to pendants. While most designers rely heavily on either the aesthetic, symbolic or mathematical aspects of the work, we focus on all three, adding an additional awareness of our primary material, wood.


Adults and children can watch virtual reality and LED light shows designed for songs they like, and even create their own shows!

Pit area for Power Series racing car #99


It will be an analog stick programmed to act as if it was a mouse HID with an arduino.


Makers will have the opportunity to learn about color, blending of different fibers, spinning, weaving, and dyeing


An astrophotography camera.


We would like to set up a 60 watt laser cutter and demonstrate laser cutting and assembly of laser cut products.


Using modern tools and ancient techniques, silversmith Brandy Sinclair will demonstrate how chains were made thousands of years ago. She will have finished handmade chain jewelry on-hand, along with documentation showing surviving historical examples. She’ll also show how “everything old is new again” by showing the connection between Roman gold and rubber band bracelets.


CORMUG has been holding free monthly meetups at the Columbus Idea Foundry since 2009. Everyone is welcome to attend whether you own a printer, want to buy a printer, or just want to see what 3D printing is all about.


Agrimat is a modular aquaponic systems controlled by your smartphone.


There are 1 billion people worldwide with disabilities. On the surface, each person’s needs are drastically different, and niche solutions exist to meet specific needs. However, a core set of overarching challenges–social inclusion, independence, and technological access–remain unaddressed. Xogo is an adapter that uses assistive technologies already available and bridges them to consumer technologies never before accessible to people with disabilities.


Clay sculpting with ordinary items and stone molding.


Demo of an unusual electronic musical instrument resembling a cross between a concertina and a hurdy gurdy.


We build an electric vehicle for less than $500 and test our work by racing them!


Abandoned Pittsburgh is an ongoing photography project exploring the industrial past of the Steel City. We research and photograph abandoned churches, steel mills, bridges, foundries, distilleries, and more. Prints and books of the project are available.


Maker Faire attendees can get up close to realistic latex rubber monster masks, puppets, and props and learn how they are made.


I see peoples discards as tools of disassembly for artistic redesign and repurpose. I create sculptures with metal and various other elements that can resemble anything from robots, to a moose head wall mount, or a bouquet of flowers.


This exhibit will have all hands-on toys for younger kids to play and tinker with! We are encouraging younger kids that they can join the maker movement too! Some cool hands-on activities include MakeyMakey, Arduino, and learning to program.


Custom home made Tube amplifier and custom built speaker cabinets


SorceryScience makes nerdy scientific jewelry with lasers. Our geeky accessories are modeled after the molecular structure of some of your favorite chemicals. You can wear your caffeine fix or always be happy wearing serotonin and dopamine earrings. Rock your science every day with SorceryScience!


Visitors will launch their own “Dry Ice Rockets”


Learn how to create a unique circular weaving using chunky yarn, wool roving, and an embroidery hoop.


YouTube superhero using the “maker” mentality to build real life technology that Batman would use through combining 3D printing, laser / waterjet cutting, mechanical design, and electronic circuitry. I have over 353K subscribers and a collective 38Million views. My inspiration comes from movies, comics, and video games. I inspire others by bringing their favorite sci-fi gadgets to life.


3R WEAR is an up and coming graphic t-shirt line with photography and artwork created by Joe Gardonis.


Lapidary Brian Hagan will demonstrate how rough stones are transformed into sparkling gems in a live stonecutting demonstration. You can also see gemstones in various cutting stages, and a time-lapse video showing the process from start to finish.


Come explore a variety of maker projects designed by the second grade students at South Fayette Elementary School! At this exhibit, South Fayette’s Second Grade STEAM Team will guide you through the creation of Lego Spin Art, squishy circuitry, and a life-sized, programmable version of the classic game, Operation!


The G treadmill is a Treadmill that makes you float when you put slip-on’s on over your shoes.

Learn the traditional saddle stitch to assemble a laser cut leather key fob. Keep it for free!


The Arustocrats participate in the Power Racing Series, a budget racing series where teams must get creative to build the fastest electric go-kart possible under a $500 limit and conforming to the original size/ridiculousness of a children’s ride on toy.


Propel Schools, based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is a not-for-profit federation of charter schools, dedicated to the mission of catalyzing the transformation of public education so that all children have access to high performing public schools. Propel’s Schools allows students to collaborate in a real and relevant way, bringing content to life. STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) projects and programs will bring a holistic viewpoint to students, preparing them for life. Propel’s STEAM programming partners with local, regional and national experts and corporations, allowing our students access to cutting edge technologies and real-world scenarios.


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Check out a recently restored Atlas metal lathe and meet the 2 makers that restored it. See live machining demos too!


Power Racing Team. This team is entering their second year of racing silly sub $500 electric cars. This car is built from a children’s ride on toy, spare parts and dreams.


At Draper & Dots, we empower learners by leveraging immersive and engaging projects in music and technology. Have you ever built a record player? Made your own synthesizer? Remixed your car? Come learn about these things and more as we explore music and sound with hands-on activities!


M3bot is ongoing robot design for utility and work, with various attachments, using Robot Operating System.


Jim Leonard will be walking around wearing his LED coats and vests.

RealBotics is an online community allowing makers and inventors the ability to share remote control of their robots and devices with people from around the world.


Learn about our 3D printing programs at Fab Lab, see our printers in action, and try your hand at three printing with a pen!


Explore the astronomical work of John Brashear and Samuel Langley and create a mini-spectroscope with the Heinz History Center!

A booth meant to share more information about the Startable Pittsburgh teen summer program and get them excited to apply for the 2017 program. There will be takeaway flyers, a business idea contest with a chance to win a free TechShop class, and on Saturday/Sunday program alumni will be selling work they created.


A Raspberry Pi based clock with time and temperature display.


Racing souped-up Power Wheels. Our Power Wheel is a camo jeep.

Part scooter, part bed frame, then add chalk and bike parts. What do you get? Hypocycloids!

These are laser etched acrylic lamps that display various transmutation circles.


A model Hit and Miss engine build from castings


The Steel City robotics alliance is a collection of teams in the greater Pittsburgh Area. Our exhibit will include several different teams, with driving experiences for younger children.

Dorseyville Middle School will showcase: Project Based Learning activities that have been completed by students in grades 6-8. Student designed Apps created in App Lab from will also be showcased Attendees will be able to make and take an LED flashlight.

Get an insight into the jewelry manufacturing process and see how CAD design and 3D printing is being used to transform this centuries old trade. Also check out the jewelry for sale that was made using various 3D printing technologies.


Interstacks is a system of snap-together, modular electronic blocks with a visual authoring tool. It enables anyone to rapidly make new connected electronics.


This is a four tap kegerator with an arduino based monitoring system capable of dispensing any carbonated beverage. The kegerator is loaded with seltzer water in order to serve italian sodas at Maker Faire.


Modified toys and custom made synthesizers.


We are showing off our Raspberry Pi Cluster computer.


Wood sunglasses, phone cases, speakers, journals, mousepads


Baltimore Burners has been racing with the Power Racing Series since 2012, fielding many entries in the series that focuses on building and racing an electric vehicle on a shoestring budget.


City of Play’s Live Arcade features giant-sized versions of classic games, including Blacktop Battleship, a live-action battleship volleyball game, and Jengantic, a 10-foot tall version of Jenga.

Geodesic Dome model kits


Define your style with handmade designs to accentuate both you and your home. Follow these designs on Etsy and on instagram @gardenia_and_grit


Come and pet giant origami animals!


Blacksmithing demo, member demonstrations,


Vendor setup to sell art and housewares (clocks, tables, jewelry) made primarily from used and or found objects.


Help construct a kinetic sculpture using collected recycled and donated materials into a large, movable group project!!!


Come experience how drones can be used in situations to help society. Learn about and experiment with programming ground and flight drones in risky and helpful situations with our students

This exhibit will introduce people of all ages to the brilliant inventor Nikola Tesla in a fun, interactive exhibit. Combining art and technology, people can learn his story while playing with inventions in an immersive experience. Color in Nikola’s legacy in the Tesla coloring book while controlling a musical Tesla Coil and create fluorescent art that glows in the dark.


How Platypus robots are built and programed.


Repurpose a vintage 8 Track tape cartridge into a funky wallet


CMR’s entry into the 2016 Formula SAE Electric event.


Join us at the Kidsburgh table for paper flower making using recycled magazines and circuitry block fun from the Children’s Innovation Project.


Learn self reliance, do your own science! Build your own low-tech equipment to generate renewable energy, grow and cook your own food, conduct and communicate your own science experiments and more!


A reverse steering bicycle has been constructed using gears, where turning the handle to the right makes the bicycle go left, and vice-versa.

Nature themed artwork includes realistic color pencil illustrations of animals and plants, and decorative items made with found bones and dried plant material.

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The Made Right Here Alliance will develop a national network of collegial cities and best-practice sharing in support of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Action Housing’s Uptown Lofts provides transitional housing and support for young people 18-24 aging out of foster care. The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh has facilitated a Maker Space there, where residents can sew, screenprint, solder, wood burn, build design, and plan. At Maker Faire, we’re exhibiting some of this work, which is available for purchase!


The Power Racing Series is a competition where kid’s toys are souped up and raced. The Mechs of Hazard have created a jeep that is modeled after Dixie from the Dukes of Hazard.

Make your own block print celebrating Pittsburgh and Makers.


Learn what it’s like to be an adorable 12 inch tall robot using the Mimic Immersion Robot. Learn how force feedback works using the Cortex: Robot Arm Controller. Try our Doorbell Phones, feel what the robot feels with our robot arms, and see feel and move as a 12 inch tall root.


See the ancient miracle of wool fibers be turned into felted hats!


Want to turn your teddy bear into a robot? Don’t know how to code? Our tool allows you to create code and find hardware to design a customized IoT device! Stop by our booth for hands-on experience with hardware and microcontrollers!


This robot dog can chase his own robotic ball.

Collarbone Jewelry is a jewelry line inspired by the raw esthetics of the natural world. We make jewelry using raw stones, mixed metals and trinkets/omens. We will be exhibiting hammering metal into earrings and pendents. We will also be selling our two Jewelry lines, Collarbone Jewelry and CAT LUCK Jewelry.


An outline of how the integration of STEM skills into youth entrepreneurship programs can result in higher program quality, community engagement, and higher program outcomes for youth.

The visual Arts department will host a gallery exhibition of students works in the CAPA Maker Fair pop up gallery booth.


Our students grow hydroponic leaf lettuce and Tilapia as part of their integrated K-8 STEM curricula and high school vocational agricultural program. Since they are creating a system that can produce 110 pounds of fish per year and 17-27 pounds of leafy greens per week, they want to be environmentally responsible by growing their greens from seed and breeding their Tilapia through quality selection. The self-sustaining possibilities of aquaponics will create learning opportunities for children to see food from farm to table. Students will learn to reinvent agriculture in order to produce food that is sustainable and highly productive. They use the serial camera with the Arduino Mega Boards to engineer and create a live-stream video monitoring system for their fish. They program the camera to monitor their fish and provide a live-steam on the District’s YouTube Channel so they can check the condition of their fish anytime, anywhere with an Internet connection. This real-world application with technology, biology, and agriculture creates a truly hands-on learning experience while supporting the growing need for local produce.


A Restored 95 year old 1 1/2 HP Hercules Engine


PrintSpace 3D™ manufactures high-performance 3D printers and develops custom 3D printing applications utilizing advanced materials. Known for sleek design, large print volume, and 25+ materials selection, PrintSpace 3D printers are especially geared towards engineers and professionals and are used by National Laboratories and Universities across the country.


Our exhibit will feature a crowd created masterpiece done by catapult. We’ll also have the opportunity for kids to create their very own animals using basic sewing skills.


A advanced open-source human size robot designed to do a variety of human size tasks for students, educators, hobbyists and researchers.


A team of student makers in grades 6-8 will display various items, from self-made guitars to Rube Goldberg machines.


The 501st and Rebel Legions are international volunteer organisations that’s purpose is to assist in children’s charities, costuming/cosplay, literacy programs, and Star Wars in general.


What are the components of a ‘Living Makerspace,’ that is, a makerspace that you can live with or living space that you can make things in? This is the subject of an interactive workshop with Architect Paul Rosenblatt, Principal of Springboard Design and Founder of Creator Square, an innovative artisan/maker residency program designed to connect the dots between the region’s manufacturing heritage and contemporary advances in small batch manufacturing and maker space innovation.


A presentation on how to design and build an First person view racing drone and course using 3-D printing and basic household items.


Allegheny Intermediate Unit operates transformED, a space for learning about making, creativity, and technology for use in the classroom at their Central Office in Homestead PA. Additionally, in partnership with the Montour School District, transformED West is now in operation, offering choice for educators in Allegheny County.


The Brain Dress was a collaboration between Marlene Behrmann Cohen and Sophie Hood. We created a custom dress for Marlene’s induction into the National Academy of Science this past month. The Brain Dress featured custom print fabric, a fully original design, a custom made and fit dress with integrated LEDs that light up in response to sound via a microphone and Arduino Lilypad micro controller. The predecessor of The Brain Dress was the “Bag Creature” which was a part of Sophie’s masters thesis in costume production. The Bag Creature features similar technology to the Brain Dress and represents an exploration of costume, wearable technology, and performance art.


Vendor application for kits to build paper sculptures


I am interested in being a vendor at MakerFaire.


Falk School students design and create musical instruments and show you how to make your own.

3D printing can serve many masters. I’ve turned 3D printing into a successful business and happy to help others avoid the pitfalls I’ve found along the way.

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Direct sunlight that enters homes through windows can heat homes, requiring the cooling system to consume more energy, and fade paint, furniture, and wallpaper. However, keeping a window constantly covered defeats the purpose of a window–now you’ve just got extra wall space. This exhibit is an automated system that can open and close window shades at key times during the day, keeping the most acute rays of the sun out but allowing the visibility of an uncovered window when the sunlight is less intense.