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At Maker Faire, DIY takes on new meaning

It's not your typical show at the PNE this weekend, as the venerable site hosts the second annual mini Maker Faire, featuring killer robots, crafts of all kinds and even a bucket of mathematics.

Bamboo bicycles. An army of evil robots. A Flying Monkeys Horn Orchestra. A mighty ugly workshop. A bucket of mathematics.

Just what is going on at the Pacific National Exhibition this weekend?

Nothing unusual -- only the Mini Maker Faire, back for a second year in Vancouver. 

The Maker Faire is on this weekend (June 23 and 24) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the PNE, Hastings and Renfrew. Tickets are $17 per day for adults and $12 for children. It's a celebration of DIY culture -- making, tinkering, hacking, crafting and sharing. And not only do local DIYers get to show off their stuff, the audience is encouraged to take part -- you can make your own felt bead, mix your own perfume, or solder your own flashing LED light. You can draw, weave, spin wool or pretend to be an angry bird and throw things at evil pigs.

SFU's Barry Shell shows potential DIYers how to mix their own perfumes.

In fact, it's impossible to describe everything that goes on at Maker Faire. There's just too much activity, with kids, teens, and people of all ages milling about and getting into the Maker spirit. I loved it last year (see my Vancouver Observer rave here) and it's even better this year, thanks to the larger space which allows for more Makers and more room for folks to move around and get a sense of the creative buzz that makes this city so lively.

There's one more day, so come on down. And don't be afraid of the Army of Evil Robots. They're really quite friendly, just like everyone else at the Faire.

Maker Faire goes on tomorrow (Sunday, June 24, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the PNE, corner of Renfrew and Hastings). Tickets: $17 adult, $12 children (children under 4 get in free).

For more information: vancouver.makerfaire.ca

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