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.
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:
- Underwater Video Controlled Exploration Robot – OpenROV
- LaserCut Animatronic Robot – RoeMotion
- Echo-Reflecting Environmental Detection Helmet Prototype – TheSonicEye
- HomeMade Jellyfish Aquariums – PBnJellies
- How to Build Your Own R2D2 – R2Builders
- iPhone Microscope Photo Adapters – SkyLightScope
- And many more…
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!
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!
Lance Baily, BA, EMT-B, is the Founder & CEO of HealthySimulation.com, which he started while serving as the Director of the Nevada System of Higher Education’s Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas back in 2010. Lance is also the Founder and acting Advisor to the Board of SimGHOSTS.org, the world’s only non-profit organization dedicated to supporting professionals operating healthcare simulation technologies. His new co-edited Book: “Comprehensive Healthcare Simulation: Operations, Technology, and Innovative Practice” is available now. Lance’s background also includes serving as a Simulation Technology Specialist for the LA Community College District, EMS fire fighting, Hollywood movie production, rescue diving, and global travel. He lives with his wife Abigail in Las Vegas, Nevada.