Innovation Lab @Ross students and teachers exhibited at the World Maker Faire 2014 in Queens on September 20 and 21 as Young Makers. Their booth in the educational section of the fair showcased projects including robots, electronics, and photo and video presentations, as well as one of their 3D printers, which printed out student creations in real time for fair attendees. Ross received a “Best in Class” ribbon from the Maker Faire organizers for their projects and presentations.
Maker Faire draws more than 50,000 visitors each year, including tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. All of these “makers” come to the event to show what they have made and to share what they have learned.
Innovation Lab Director Dr. David Morgan and Director of Academic Technology Urban Reininger took some time away from exhibitor duties to connect with representatives from companies presenting new technology products, as well as directors and founders of “maker spaces” across New York and New Jersey. Their fellow attendees expressed a great deal of interest in Innovation Lab @Ross and the experiences of building the academy over the past couple of years. Innovation Lab students and instructors anticipate mutually beneficial collaborations and partnerships will result from these discussions.
When not at their booth sharing their own work with visitors, Innovation Lab students had a chance to explore Maker Faire themselves. Highlights of the event this year included the latest 3D printers, a variety of home-brewed electronic musical instruments, a 50-foot pedal-powered mechanical alligator, DIY (do-it-yourself) brain wave readers, and “Game of Drones,” a series of head-to-head aerial dogfights between remote-controlled quadcopters.