EAA Chapters to Participate in 'Maker Faire'
April 18 2008 — Several California EAA chapters will participate in the 2008 Bay Area Maker Faire, coming May 3-4, at the San Mateo County Event Center and Fairgrounds in San Mateo. Maker Faire is a two-day, family friendly event that celebrates the do-it-yourself mindset. It's for creative, resourceful people of all ages and backgrounds who like to tinker and love to make things, organizers say.
Participating EAAers will introduce Maker Faire attendees to aircraft homebuilding by displaying several experimental aircraft, and a hands-on riveting station. Member will also be available to answer questions about the aircraft they built, and about EAA's support for people who make their own airplanes. The DVD, Oshkosh: The Spirit of Aviation, will also be shown continuously at the display.
"On the surface, Maker Faire is a fun event for people of all ages," explained Event Director Sherry Huss. "But more than just a weekend of creative entertainment, we want people to leave feeling inspired that they too can create things, express themselves, and engage the world around them. Our goal is to resuscitate the spirit of American innovation."
For EAA, it's a great opportunity to expose the world of amateur-built aircraft to a group of already passionate do-it-yourselfers, said David Hipschman, EAA's director of publications. "Maker Faire will allow EAA chapter leaders and members to communicate their passion for aviation to a group of people who may not be aware that you can build your own airplane!" said Hipschman, who will attend and report on the chapter members' activity in a future issue of Sport Aviation.
For more information on Maker Faire, visit http://makerfaire.com.