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Avanti Ramraj, Contributor

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In May of 2017, I went to one of the most elaborate, technologically advanced fairs in the world. Deemed Maker Faire, it’s kind of a carnival/giant show-and-tell for nerds. It is a friends and family worthy festival/celebration of invention, resourcefulnImage result for maker faireess, and creativity in honor of the Maker spirit and Maker movement. Makers Faire has a collection of rooms and exhibitions. The biggest and my personal favorite is the dark room. With ropes and strings and poles on which hang thousands of lights, the room is pretty lit (quite in contrary to its name). One exhibit could be seen from like 20 feet away and consisted of 4 bikes mounted on the wall. Each bike had 2 wheels that, although no one was actually on the bikes, continuously spun. A man standing at the booth below the bikes asked to take our picture, and, while a little uneasy at first, we reluctantly agreed. He took a picture with his big iPad and told us to look up at the wheels of the bike. Within 20 seconds, our picture appeared in the rungs of the wheel. Another exhibit we visited was the glow board. When one stood in front of the board and a giant light was flashed, a silhouette of theImage result for maker faire glow person was left in dark black on the board, surrounded by the bright fluorescent green. In one of the outdoor exhibits, a giant metal dinosaur with flamethrowers and robotic arms stood around 60 ft off the ground, so tall that its top could not be seen. In another outdoor exhibit area, there lay giant wood blocks, a version of the traditional Jenga game just around 10 times larger. In an indoor craft room was a glass cup etch 

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booth. When we went into the room, the lady laid out a long row of letters and patterns. I etched my cup with A and R, my initials, and a heart. Maker Faire also had a large collection of common fair food trucks and stalls, like the fried Oreos one and giant hot dog, and even my personal favorite, the funnel cake stall. For all people alike, with good company and friends, Maker Faire has something for everyone, and I would 10 out of 10 recommend it to anyone.

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