Berytech Fab Lab goes to the Mini Maker Faire

Posted on April 6, 2019

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Makers from around Lebanon joined this year’s Mini Maker Faire, including our very own team from the Berytech Fab Lab, to check out all the novelties and experimentation in technology, science, engineering and crafts.

Berytech Fab Lab Showcase

The Berytech Fab Lab showcased its various capabilities and the vast array of projects that could be done using the many different machines available in our lab and within the skills of our team.

Visitors of the faire had the chance to enjoy seeing 3D parts and objects printed live at the show. Our team also made stickers using the lab’s vinyl cutter for everyone who visited the booth. 

Wael Khalil – Berytech Fab Lab Manager, also gave a workshop to help students learn the skill of PCB Design and Production. His introductory course allowed students to learn the methods followed to design and fabricate a single-sided Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs). Although this method is not practical for mass production, especially for fine-pitch surface mount components, it is very important during the prototyping phase of any hardware product or project.

The Maker Faire: a worldwide festival

Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth – a family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement.

Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. All of these “makers” come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned.

The launch of Maker Faire in the Bay Area in 2006 demonstrated the popularity of making and interest among legions of aspiring makers to participate in hands-on activities and learn new skills at the event. 200,000 people annually attend the two flagship Maker Faires in the Bay Area and New York, with an average of 44% of attendees first timers at the Bay Area event, and 61% in New York. A family-friendly event, 50% attend the event with children. In 2017, over 190 independently-produced “Mini Maker Faires” plus over 30 larger-scale Featured Maker Faires will have taken place around the world, including Tokyo, Rome, Shenzhen, Taipei, Seoul, Paris, Berlin, Barcelona, Detroit, San Diego, Milwaukee, and Kansas City.

Maker Faire is primarily designed to be forward-looking, showcasing makers who are exploring new forms and new technologies. But it’s not just for the novel in technical fields; Maker Faire features innovation and experimentation across the spectrum of science, engineering, art, performance and craft.

Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. It’s a venue for makers to show examples of their work and interact with others about it. Many makers say they have no other place to share what they do. DIY (Do-It-Yourself) is often invisible in our communities, taking place in shops, garages and on kitchen tables. It’s typically out of the spotlight of traditional art or science or craft events. Maker Faire makes visible these projects and ideas that we don’t encounter every day.