We are excited to host our Fly a Drone Zone at Girl Day at UT Austin this year! Feb. 24th

UT Austin Engineering Hosts ‘Girl Day,’ Biggest Event of its Kind in the U.S.

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AUSTIN, Texas — The Women in Engineering Program in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin will host more than 10,000 children, parents and educators from cities across the state for its 17th annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day and Girl Day STEM Festival, a daylong event filled with activities that help spark creativity, inspire future careers and show how engineers and scientists can change the world. Elementary and middle school students will engage in 150 activities and hands-on educational experiences, from designing a balloon-powered car to watching physics and chemistry in action.

With over 1,400 volunteers from UT Austin, nonprofit organizations and local businesses, Girl Day has become the largest event of its kind in the U.S. Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day is presented by Halliburton and the Girl Day STEM Festival is presented by Texas Instruments.

When: Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Where: Cockrell School of Engineering Complex at UT Austin (map)

(You can find us here: Engineering Education and Research Center (EER) West Lawn)

Girl Day By the Numbers:

  • 8,000 — Kindergarten through 8th grade students expected to register for Girl Day 2018
  • 150 — Activities throughout the day
  • 7,200 — Inches of rainbow electrical tape to create LED butterflies
  • 12,000 — Straws to create sustainable pinwheels
  • 1,950 — Toy animals to save by constructing parachutes

Website: girlday.utexas.edu

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Maker faire austin pong to pokemon

Create, invent, play, and explore with local makers and found objects at the Maker Faire Austin Pop Up at the Bullock Texas State History Museum from December 28th to December 30th. The whole family will enjoy making and gaming inspired by the Bullock’s exhibit Pong to Pokémon: The Evolution of Electronic Gaming. Including:

  • A cardboard Pac-Man build and Lifesize cardboard Minecraft area.
  • LED origami paper circuits Holiday ornament area.
  • Augmented Reality Pong tables.
  • Giant Marble Maze.
  • Mini Marble Maze craft area.
  • Maker booths, exhibits, and projects.

Other interactive games, projects, exhibits, and More!

If you would like to apply as a maker or volunteer at this event, click here!

Free with museum admission.


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Maker Faire Austin is only 10 days away and we have some exciting new updates.

Our schedule is up on our site under Things to Do and See or you can access it directly here!

We’ll be adding more to the schedule over the next week. Currently we have confirmed performances by Austin’s own Total UnicornPonytrapDead Music Capital BandKyle Evans, and Rose Movement Studio. Additionally there will be presentations ranging from giant 3D printing to edible insects. Plus much, much more!

Maker Pro tip #1: The website and schedule look super good on your smartphone, while at the faire don’t forget to use the site as a resource to find out who is doing what and when.

This year we put an emphasis on fire and will have a Fire Garden located next to the Power Tool Drag Racing track. Be on the lookout for Maker Faire Austin’s beloved staff member Tim Deagan and his Flaming Christmas Tree and Flame Mobile (think of a golf cart with 100lb propane cylinder, two 7.5 gallon accumulators, and shoots 30’x15′ fireballs!!!) Additionally look for John Cooper’s Fireball V8, a propane boosch, which he built using Tim Deagan’s book (info here) and Jeremy Williams’s Flowers and Machinery, a propane flame sculpture.

Once again argodesign and MakerFaire Austin invite you to attend the Think By Making Party, this year benefitting Girls Who Code! From 8 – 11pm there will be music by DJ NickNack, all the darkroom exhibits, a maker fashion show and more.  Tickets are available for a $10 donation, with all proceeds are going directly to Girls Who Code to help close the gender gap in technology.  Use this link RSVP and feel free to share the link and invite friends and family: http://bit.ly/TBMParty17   There will be a cash bar, tickets come with one free drink.  18 and up.  See you there!

RobotResurrection-ShootsFlamesMORE exciting news… Robot Resurrection, the 30 foot tall robot built out of airplane parts that shoots flames, is CONFIRMED for Maker Faire Austin this year! Woo HOO! Do you have your tickets yet? Early bird ticket sales end in 11 days, buy yours now!  

ArcAttack_EventJust announced!  IN ADDITION to the multitude of technology, robotics, art/craft, large scale interactive installations, music, food and so much more at Maker Faire Austin this year, we will also have a DARKENED HALL with MULTIPLE EXCITING LIGHT EXHIBITS AND a stage with daily performances by ARC ATTACK!!  May 7th and 8th, 10-6, at the Palmer Events Center!

Have you bought your tickets yet??  Early Bird Ticket Sales end on March 17th, buy now to get in to the event on the cheap.   Bring the family, tell everyone at work, arrange a Saturday field trip for your kid’s school… no one is going to want to miss out on this!