Southwestern Pennsylvania BotsIQ (SWPA BotsIQ) participated in Pittsburgh’s first large-scale Maker Faire October 10-11, 2015 demonstrating three of our high school teams’ best Bots to hundreds of attendees. The teams from Hempfield Area High School, Central Valley High School and Plum High School exhibited on Robotics Alley showcasing Bots demolishing computer parts and toys in a smaller than normal arena. Crowds were wowed by the level of destruction the remote controlled Bots created and enjoyed talking with the students about their creations. SWPA BotsIQ was also recognized with a “Maker of Merit” ribbon for exemplifying and embodying the spirit of the Maker Faire.
The Faire, hosted by the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, featured technology, art, craft, electronics, engineering, and other projects created by makers as well as workshops featuring 3D printing, laser cutting, microcontrollers and silk screening. The original Maker Faire event was held in San Mateo, CA and in 2014 celebrated its ninth annual show with some 1,100 makers and 130,000 people in attendance.