May 20, 2013By Lance Baily

Sim Tech Tinkerers – Maker Faire is the Place to Be


A post for those who love to engineer and tinker with medical simulation technology! HealthySim spent this weekend at the wonderful candyland of home-made gadgets and their “makers” on showcase at the Maker Faire which took place just outside San Francisco.

Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. All of these “makers” come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned.

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Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. It’s a venue for makers to show examples of their work and interact with others about it. Many makers say they have no other place to share what they do. DIY (Do-It-Yourself) is often invisible in our communities, taking place in shops, garages and on kitchen tables. It’s typically out of the spotlight of traditional art or science or craft events. Maker Faire makes visible these projects and ideas that we don’t encounter every day.

After soldering my own LED pin, building an air-powered rocket, screen printing a t-shirt, watching a life-size version of mousetrap, and designing a 3d printer object, I checked out the following Maker Projects:

Education-based support is a huge component of Makers, with classroom kits and other lesson plans for technology training found throughout the faire grounds. Check out the upcoming dates for a Maker Faire near you, because they are all over the world!

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Do you have a “Do It Yourself (DIY)” Medical Simulation Technology Project?

Take part in the simulation technology training conference SimGHOSTS and enter your DIY project video to win up to $1000 in prizes! Simply record how your project increased realism or efficiency in your sim lab and enter today.

Check out Fritz Sticht’s Grand Prize Winning Video for an affordable DIY Cervix Model from last year’s event:

Learn more about the August Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists today before tickets sell out!

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