This past weekend was the Denver Mini Maker Faire which was housed at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. It was a weekend full of smiles from children and adults alike as they walked around looking at the sights and partaking in the attractions.
I was there with Serenity Forge and volunteered at the booth for a couple of hours. Serenity Forge had the biggest display at the Denver Mini Maker Faire, which was a large screen of their video game on the wall. How this game works is you move your hands in front of the sensor, hands would appear on the screen. From there, you can use those hands to draw lines in order for things to fall from the top of the screen, onto your lines to make music. Adults and Children were equally flocking to this attraction and they had a blast trying it out.
However there were so many other great attractions as well. One of my favorite thing was meeting the people behind the monthly subscription box, Bitsbox which sends subscribers a box filled with ways to teach children how to code their own apps. It’s for children 6-12 years old and gives them creative ways to learn app coding. I know that when I have children, I will be signing them up for this. It blew me away that there’s a monthly subscription box that would teach children how to code apps. Also, it’s a Boulder based company! For more information: https://bitsbox.com/
On top of that, there’s a small company in Fort Collins that is trying to get their game Greenlit on STEAM. It’s a game called The Sun Will Rise and it’s essentially a game to help those with depression or to help people understand what those with depression go though. I’ve suffered depression and I highly appreciate that there are people out there wanting to bring awareness to this. You can find more information at www.sunwillrisegame.com.
On top of that, I met the amazing Kellyn Pot’vin-Gorman who created the Meetup Girl Geek Dinners, that is for women in technology to meet up around the Denver area and talk about tech! On top of that she’s an advocate for Women in Technologly (WIT) and is very active in teaching the next generation technical education by working with the Raspberry Pi. The Raspberry Pie is a small computer that kids can code with and create amazing things. To find out more about her: https://about.me/dbakevlar
Over all, the Denver Mini Maker Faire was fantastic. There are so many talented people there and I’m so happy that I was able to attend. Everyone I saw was smiling and having a wonderful time. I can’t wait for the next one. For more information about the Denver Maker Faire: https://denvermakerfaire.com/