Highlights of Maker Festival at the Toronto Reference Library

My family thinks Maker Festival is the best event each summer! There’s always lots to see and do. Ever since we attended our first Maker Festival at the Toronto Reference Library, we’ve invited our friends and their children to share in the fun. We’re so happy they’ve enjoyed attending it as much as we do, and look forward to it year after year.

Here are some of our highlights from this year’s festival.

Our first activity was the soldering station. With the assistance of an instructor, my daughter soldered pieces together to create a robot necklace with blinking lights (see featured picture above).

Similar to past years, there was no shortage of 3D printing at this year’s event. Something different was our ability to make art using a 3D pen at the New Step for You booth. Here are some plastic popsicles my daughter and her friend created.

Probably the most popular item created was a fidget spinner. Yes, a functioning fidget spinner! This creation was likely the most time-consuming piece to make.

Another popular booth was Catherine Crowe’s enamelling station. In learning about enamelling, we got to choose a small piece of copper to fuse “glass powder” onto. We eagerly anticipated what the piece would look like each time it came out of the kiln. Catherine is a very patient instructor. You can tell she really loves being an enamellist.

The making continued at the Twisted Metal in Motion booth. In addition to the ability to buy already-made jewelry, one could learn how to assemble their own piece of jewelry, which my daughter very much enjoyed doing.

Another jewelry exhibitor who caught our eyes was FoldIT Creations. They make 3D printed origami jewelry in brass, silver and 10K gold.

One of the pieces my daughter made that I most liked was this card holder at the Jubilee Designs booth. She got to pick the material, cut it to size, push holes into it, and hand-crank a sewing machine to stitch the pieces together.

This card holder comes in handy to hold all the cards you pick up at the festival!

There were a number of robot/coding related exhibitors, such as:

Robot Playtime:

Little Robot Friends:

Hatch:

One of the fun non-robot, non-3D printer things to see was a train exhibit from the Scarborough Model Railroaders.

Today is the last day of the festival at the Toronto Reference Library. Make sure to check it out! You’ll want to give yourself plenty of time to walk around and wait in line to participate in activities. Don’t forget to bring cash, as some exhibitors request a donation for you to create.

Thank you to the organizers, exhibitors, and volunteers for making this event so fabulous for both kids and adults!

If you attended this year’s festival, what were your highlights?

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