Google Workshop at Maker Faire 2011 to Foster the Spirit of Creativity and Innovation Present in the Maker Community

SAN MATEO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 20, 2011 -- Google will share some of their cutting-edge technologies at Maker Faire. Bringing their workshop to the Faire, with the theme of "Dream, design, build. Repeat." Google invites attendees to come meet and work alongside the Google Makers for two-days of creative, hands-on building and learning.

Part playground, part science fair, part welding shop, part county fair, and 100% unique, Maker Faire Bay Area 2011 provides something for every member of the family. At Maker Faire you will learn to tinker, hack, play, craft and more with over 700 Makers this year.

"Google has been a long time supporter of Maker Faire which makes perfect sense since they are Makers, too," said Sherry Huss, general manager and Maker Faire founder. "We are excited they are doing a workshop this year, as our attendees really like when they get hands-on experience with the products they use."

See Google at Maker Faire

Google Workshops -- retrofitted 3 full-sized recycled shipping containers outfitted with 3D printers, CNC cutters and Robots. Googlers from the Google SketchUp team and the Cloud Robotics team will be on hand to show attendees how to use these technologies to go from idea to object.

  • Come see and learn about the SKPR Bot, a walking hexapod robot built by Googlers from the SketchUp and Cloud Robotics made exclusively for Maker Faire as a case study demonstrating how Google technologies can be used to design, fabricate, build and program robots you can control with an Android device.

  • Presentations on the Google stage include topics such as "Learn SketchUp in 15 minutes" and "Open Source Robotics for the Home" and more.

  • 3D printers, Robots on-hand to play with and plenty of giveaways and not to be missed a scavenger hunt for the kids with some great prizes.

Google Weather Balloon -- To top it off, Google will be launching a weather balloon to kick off Maker Faire on both Saturday and Sunday morning at 10AM. Google has equipped these balloons with Android phones to document their flight path. If all goes well, the phones will go high enough to capture the curve of the Earth!

About Maker Faire
Maker Faire Bay Area 2011 is slated for Saturday-Sunday, May 21-22, at the San Mateo County Event Center. Started in California in 2006, and now held in Detroit and New York, Maker Faire is the premier event for grassroots American innovation. Maker Faire is supported by Make: Magazine and O'Reilly Media, the information source for leading-edge computer technologies. For more information about Maker Faire, please visit http://www.makerfaire.com.

Calendar Editors
A celebration of DIY culture, Maker Faire Bay Area 2011 runs Saturday-Sunday, May 21-22, at the San Mateo County Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo. Saturday, 10 am to 8 pm; Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm. $5-$25; ages 3 and under are free. www.makerfaire.com. To purchase tickets, including weekend passes: http://makerfaire-marketwire.eventbrite.com

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Maker Faire Sponsors
Maker Faire Bay Area 2011 sponsors include: ASUS, Autodesk, CLIF Kid, Chevy, Digikey, element14, Epilog Laser, Esurance, GE, GeekDad, GOOGLE, HP, Etsy, Microchip, Seded Studio, ShopBot Tools, Sparkfun Electronics, and Techshop.

About O'Reilly
O'Reilly Media spreads the knowledge of innovators through its books, online services, magazines, and conferences. Since 1978, O'Reilly Media has been a chronicler and catalyst of cutting-edge development, homing in on the technology trends that really matter and spurring their adoption by amplifying "faint signals" from the alpha geeks who are creating the future. An active participant in the technology community, the company has a long history of advocacy, meme-making, and evangelism.

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