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March 25, 2013

Science museum hosts first-ever \’Maker Faire\’ for city of Tyler, Texas

Science museum hosts first-ever ‘Maker Faire’ for city of Tyler, Texas

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On Saturday, Discovery Science Place hosted a mini Maker Faire in Tyler, Texas. Multiple vendors and exhibitors were on hand. An art car, featuring what might be the largest collection of singing robotic lobsters anywhere in the world was on display, curiously titled the “Sashimi Tabernacle Choir.” A large modular analog synthesizer was also available for attendees to experiment with, designed by staff at Synthesizers.com.

Some exhibits were quite simple, showing how to modify inexpensive radio-controlled cars using epoxy and LEGO bricks. Two three-dimensional printers were displayed, showing attendees how the new technology operates. Outdoor exhibits included multiple forms of robots and flying drone-style aircraft (see video below). According to a news release, the event is one of 60 planned to occur worldwide this year.

Numerous volunteers were on hand to assist with the event. Colleges and university groups were on hand, including representatives from The University of Texas at Tyler, among others.

A public display of a radio-controlled mini drone-style bot.
Video: Buddpaul.



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June 17, 2012

Wikinews interviews 17-year-old author of \’LEGO Heavy Weapons\’

Wikinews interviews 17-year-old author of ‘LEGO Heavy Weapons’

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17-year-old Jack Streat has accomplished something some people spend a lifetime reaching for: he’s a published author. Streat’s book, “LEGO Heavy Weapons: Build Working Replicas of Four of the World’s Most Impressive Guns”, was released in May by indie publisher No Starch Press. The book features detailed drawings and explanations on how to build highly sophisticated working models of 4 assault weapons, including the Desert Eagle handgun, among others. Wikinews interviewed Jack, to learn more about his passion for building.

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Jack Streat, with a LEGO weapon model.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.pngFirst, how old are you now and how old were you when the book was published?

JS: Seventeen at the moment, as I was when the book was published. I’ll be 18 in just over a month, though.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.pngWho is the publisher of the book?

JS: No Starch Press, who’re based in San Francisco.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.pngHow long have you been serious about LEGOs?

JS: Well I can’t remember a time when I haven’t been building with [LEGOs]…as to being ‘serious’ about it (if I haven’t always been), the major turning points would probably be when, at age thirteen I posted my first gun online. Incidentally [that one is] also the first gun in the book. I started working toward the book…around October 2010.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.pngAre there any designers/creators who’ve inspired you?

JS: Not particularly. This may be due to the fact that most of my work was in replicating existing guns — which, of course, isn’t quite the same as being inspired by someone and then designing something else from scratch.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.pngEducationally, where are you: finished with high school? In college?

JS: Just entering my last week of A2 exams (the last exams in school) at the moment, and then after that (well, in a few months’ time) I’m off to university!

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.pngWhat have your parents/family thought about your passions for LEGOs?

JS: They’ve always encouraged it. They’d buy me LEGO for birthdays and Christmas and so on, and I always enjoyed showing them the latest thing I’d built — of course I wouldn’t be anywhere near where I am now without their support, so they must be okay with it!

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.pngWith the publishing world, did you face any challenges in getting your book published?

JS: I was very lucky actually — Tyler Ortman, my editor, contacted me out of the blue (also through YouTube’s messaging system) and asked on behalf of No Starch if I’d like to write a book of instructions for them to publish. I’d just started teaching myself how to use some CAD software for modelling LEGO creations, so I was all set, really.

Jack Streat, with a copy of his book, “LEGO Heavy Weapons”.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.pngAre you working on another book at present?

JS: Well I still have a few mechanism/gun ideas floating around in my head, but that’s simply ideas for more of the models I’ve been building personally. I’ve got to get through university before I even consider the possibility, but after that, who knows?

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.pngHave there been other activities/classes that have helped your LEGO work improve?

JS: Not really. Just time, patience, and lots and lots of bricks!

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.pngWhere can our readers see videos or other forms of your work?

JS: My YouTube channel has videos of most of the guns I’ve built, but with very little textual description. [YouTube] and my MOCpages homepage has lots of information on all the guns I’ve built; they didn’t all end up on YouTube. [At MOCpages] there’s descriptive text and a set of pictures for each one.



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June 4, 2009

Maker Faire 2009 wraps up in San Mateo, California

Maker Faire 2009 wraps up in San Mateo, California

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The fourth annual Maker Faire took place this past weekend at the San Mateo Fairground in San Mateo, California located in the United States. The first Maker Faire, which took place in 2006, had approximately 20,000 people in attendance. This year, more than 80,000 people were expected to attend; quadruple the attendance of just four years prior. On Saturday night, it was reported that attendance was up considerably over last year’s event.

Maker Faire, the self-declared “World’s Largest DIY Festival”, offers a forum where hundreds of makers and crafters alike man booths where they display their work. In the main halls alone, there were hundreds of booths. Outside the expo halls, the surrounding area was also filled with many interesting projects, some of which were mobile. In addition to all of the projects on display, there were a number of on-stage presentations. The biggest presentation of the weekend was given by Adam Savage who spoke on the topic of his “Colossal Failures”. During his talk, the Fiesta Hall was filled to capacity.

The theme for this year’s fair was “Remake: America” after President Obama’s call to “begin again the work of remaking America”. In addition, “going green”, alternative fuel vehicles, crafting, steampunk and sciences for the young, were common themes found throughout the fair.

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September 2, 2007

Canadian National Exhibition takes place in Toronto

Canadian National Exhibition takes place in Toronto

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From August 17 to September 3, 2007 the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE or The EX) came back to Toronto for its 128th year. It is the largest in Canada and the fifth largest in North America.

The three day Canadian International Airshow, the horse show called “Tom Bishop’s Trick Riding Show”, and many other events were the main attractions at this year’s CNE. An estimated 1.3 million people attend the CNE every year.

The 680 News tower made entirely from Lego’s was on display, with a fence around it.

On Saturday at 1:00 p.m. was the airshow, which featured award winning aviators, including the Canadian Forces (CF) snowbirds, flying planes used in Afghanistan. The United States Air Force (USAF) also flew planes used in the military and a new F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft for its first time in an international show. A CF-18 Hornet, Canadian version of the USAF F/A-18 Hornet, 1943 Boeing Stock Stearman PT-17, and many other rare planes were also flown. Everyone could see the airshow but for a good photo and video opportunity freelance Wikinews journalist and others paid CA$5.00 to get on top of Ontario Place, across from the exhibition grounds. There was a ton of stairs to get to the top, but it was well worth it if one wanted excellent photos and video to watch with their family.

“I used to come to the air show every year with my dad … being out there flying over Lake Ontario in my hometown is unbelievable,” said Capt. Yanick “Crank” Gregoire of the CF-18 Hornet, on its 25th anniversary.

General Rick Hillier, Chief of the Defence Staff of the Canadian Forces, made a brief speech and talked about Canada’s mission in Afghanistan. Followed by was a pre-recorded speech made by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Then the American and Canadian national anthems were played and the show begun, it even included a live pilot in a Canadian Forces plane talking through his microphone into the speakers on top of Ontario Place. The airshow was something not to be missed as the staggering planes are always best watched live.

In the Direct Energy Centre at Exhibition Place were many vendors and people selling books, cloths, inventions, and even some live cooking shows. There was also a arts, crafts, and hobbies building, which was one of the best places to visit at this year’s CNE. Rides and attractions filled the grounds across Ontario Place.

The famous Iams-sponsored Superdogs performed dog tricks for an audience in a large area, while behind the curtains were salespeople at booths advertising and selling Iams dog food. They perform at the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto and other fairs in Canada.

At 5:00pm was the horse show at the Riding Academy “Horse Palace”, hosted by Tom Bishop Sr. There was a woman representing Ontario, a 15-year-old girl from Alberta representing Canada, and a man from the United States on a black horse. One of the horse riders, a champion, was from Canada but moved to the U.S. and has toured both countries. Tom Bishop Jr. stood and rode on top of two “Canadians”, the most rare and oldest horse breed in North America. The horses had to jump over a line of gas-led fire, Tom Bishop Sr. noted beforehand that horses are scared of fire.

At 9:00 p.m. was the Human Cannon Ball, from the U.S. Performed by David “The Bullet” Smith, Jr., son of Cannonball Smith, is the second person in the world that can do the “don’t-do-this-at-home-or-else!” stunt. It is their third year at the CNE. Most people came 20 minutes before to get a good spot. The shot was so loud that some had to plug their ears, and if one didn’t their heart would be beating hard. Smith jumped out like he’s done that stunt a thousand times, he did a push up on the ground and quickly ran back.

While walking to the Ontario Place parking lot, as soon as the “Human Cannon Ball” was finished, the Canadian Forces had several of their vehicles used in Afghanistan on display outside. A snowbirds plane, some LAV III’s, tanks, a helicopter, and a boat were on display. Soldiers were outside to greet and talk to the visitors, and had photos taken. A large banner was hung and old music was playing. People even signed a board beside a tank showing their support and thanks to the soldiers currently deployed. There was also a large tent with real Canadian soldiers giving away bracelets and showing actual uniforms used. They were very heavy and one soldier actually said the cloths are comfortable. It wasn’t clear which base the soldiers came from but one said that he came from Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The CNE closes every night at 11:00pm.

It ends on Labour Day at 7:00pm.

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August 8, 2007

Giant Lego man found in sea

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Giant Lego man found in sea

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A giant, smiling Lego man was fished out of the sea in the Dutch resort of Zandvoort on Tuesday. Workers at a drinks stall recovered the 2.5-metre (8-foot) tall toy which had a yellow head and a blue body.

“We saw something bobbing about in the sea and we decided to take it out of the water. It was a life-sized Lego toy,” said one worker at the stand. At least one witness says that the toy came from the direction of England.

Upon his chest are the words ‘No Real Than You Are’, the meaning of which is still unknown, but one website says that the giant toy is a promotional stunt for an artist by the name of Ego Leonard who is believed to be “aiming to document small pieces of beauty from round the world.”

It seems the giant toy was built for “Dance Valley” http://www.egoleonard.com/dancevalley/dancevalley.html . It is not known how he ended up in the sea, but has since been placed on display at the drink stand.

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