I’ve never done it, so I think I can do it

This is a famous Pippi Longstocking quote that really should be the attitude you should have as a maker. And of course you will fail, but that’s great, as long as you learn how you failed. And to try again.


Last weekend we were at Eindhoven MakerFaire and we were witnessing an explosion of positive energy, creativity, science, and fun. Over 15.000 visitors in one weekend! MakerFaire is a global movement of makers and recurring festival that celebrates invention, creativity and resourcefulness. Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. All of these “makers” come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned.

For us, with AstroPlant, it was a great opportunity to check out other interesting maker projects and to demonstrate what we’ve been up to. Due to all the interest in AstroPlant, there was little time to enjoy the fantastic and inventive projects by other makers, but we did manage to check out a few, such as a pretty cool virtual reality escape room, a fantastic moving light installation that looked like a swarm of jellyfish, and photonics workshop delivered by – among others – a professor in optics from the TU Delft who wants to work with us on a low-cost multi-spectral camera for Raspberry Pi. Check out phablabs.eu for more info.


The best part was that we were represented by the 5 super-talented girls from Groningen who are working with AstroPlant as part of the First Lego League competition. AstroPlant couldn’t be represented any better than these girls did, with the support from Raymond, their mentor and coach and senior maker. I would argue that it’s due to their presence that WE RECEIVED THE MAKER OF MERIT on Sunday, a badge of honour for us personally given by MakerFaire director René Paré.


Photo credits (top 2 pictures): Waag Society

7 months ago