Special Preview: The Bay Area Maker Faire

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This weekend, thousands of artists, crafters, inventors and tinkerers will gather in the San Francisco Bay Area for the sixth annual Maker Faire, the world’s largest do-it-yourself festival that celebrates the spirit of creativity and invention.

Organized by MAKE magazine, the event will feature a wide variety of exhibits and displays including robots, electric vehicles, green tech, student projects, arts and crafts, and ideas for sustainable living – just to name a few. Festival-goers can also watch demonstrations and take part in hands-on workshops — from a demo of the explosive reaction between Coke Zero and Mentos to soldering and sewing classes.

Sustainability goes hand-in-hand with the Maker Faire’s do-it-yourself ethic.

“In addition to the makers who are teaching attendees about things like at-home composting, growing your own food, or alternative transportation and fuels, the event makes huge efforts to reduce its overall footprint,” says Sherry Huss, maker-in-chief of O’Reilly Media’s MAKE division. “For example, at Maker Faire Bay Area 2011, over 45 yards of waste were recycled including over 30 yards of organics. We’ll be doing more of the same this year including increased options for alternative transportation to the event.”

To whet your appetite for this weekend – or in case you can’t attend the event yourself – Earth911 is bringing you a preview of just a few of the hundreds of makers and projects that will be featured at this year’s Maker Faire.

Don’t live in the Bay Area? Stay tuned for upcoming Maker Faires in Kansas City, Mo., Detroit and New York. Or look for a Mini Maker Faire near you: Orlando, Seattle and Raleigh, N.C., are just a few of the cities hosting these independently-organized, smaller-scale festivals this year.

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