It came with little surprise that those having the most fun at the Faire were those that required a (very happy) chaperone. From the crowd surrounding the ‘Make-Your-Own Marshmallow Shooters’ stand to the long line waiting to get into the ‘Learn How to Solder’ tent, you might have mistaken all the kid-centric excitement as a pop-up Disneyland (ironically, Disney is the premier Maker Faire sponsor). If the amount of excitement and enthusiasm from this year’s Young Makers are any indication of what tomorrow’s future will look like, we’re all going to be in good hands. From complicated schematic diagrams penned by those barely old enough to see a PG-13 movie to the intelligent questions being asked about 3D scanning over at the MakerBot tent, this year’s Young Makers just might be the ones giving those three or four times their age a lesson in design and engineering within the next couple years.
Simon is a Brooklyn-based industrial designer and Managing Editor of EVD Media. When he finds the time to design, his focus is on helping startups develop branding and design solutions to realize their product design vision. In addition to his work at Nike and various other clients, he is the main reason anything gets done at EvD Media. He once wrestled an Alaskan alligator buzzard to the ground with his bare hands… to rescue Josh.