On Saturday, April 19, the Lawrence Hall of Science will host a public Open Make: deBUG event. This event brings together local artists, scientists, engineers, and other "Makers" to share their tools, techniques, and ingenuity with guests through hands-on making activities. Featured Makers include Maker Media Founder and CEO Dale Dougherty, Kaushik Jayaram from UC Berkeley's Poly Pedal Lab, Peter Mui from the Fixit Clinic, and others. In conjunction with the “deBUG” theme of this event, all Makers have work inspired by insect themes.
Open Make: deBUG shows how you can do science and engineering by “making.” Hands-on activities run from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and include an origami robotics demonstration with Nick Kohut, robotics activities with UC Berkeley Engineering Outreach students, inventions inspired by animals with the UC Berkeley PolyPedal Lab, and more. In the popular Fixit Clinic, led by cofounder and Maker Mui, visitors can de-bug and try to fix their broken appliances. Check out a full list of activities.
The event’s integration of science, engineering, and art can be seen in the photo booth built by Teen TechHive interns. Guests are invited to create their own bug costume and snap a picture in their new outfit. TechHive Public Educator AJ Almaguer points out that “On the surface the photo booth is just a camera…but it’s actually a challenging engineering problem. TechHive teen interns are building the photo booth themselves, which connects art, science, and engineering to make a product that the public can enjoy.”
Young Makers will be working on their own creative projects, in anticipation of the upcoming Bay Area Maker Faire. From 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., a Plussing Session will be held exclusively for Young Makers and TechHive teen interns. These young inventors will have the opportunity to exhibit their work and garner feedback among a supportive community of both new and experienced Makers.
A “Meet the Makers” panel will be held from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m., giving guests an opportunity to hear stories of how the event's featured Makers got their start with making. There will be presentations of each Maker’s personal work and a special Q&A hosted by Dale Dougherty. The event is sure to be inspiring for all ages.
Open Make: deBUG will take place on Saturday, April 19, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The event is free with Hall admission.