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Makers and DIY-enthusiasts from across the country gathered in Flushing Meadows Corona Park for a weekend of making and breaking.

On Sept. 22-23, the ninth annual World Maker Faire returned to Queens with a weekend of invention, creativity and curiosity. Thousands of people gathered at the New York Hall of Science for the two-day event, including over 1,000 makers from across the country.

Throughout the weekend, participants were encouraged to make, break and get to the bottom of how things work through interactive workshops, games and panel talks. From robots and DIY robocars to large versions of classic arcade and board games, there was something for everyone at World Maker Faire New York.

One of the featured exhibits at World Maker Faire New York this year was the Hand of Man. Built by Christian Ristow, the 26-foot-long interactive sculpture uses hydraulics to pick up and crush cars. With shows running throughout each day, audience members were encouraged to hop into the Hand of Man’s driver seat and try it out. 

Many of the exhibits included activities where participants could bring home a souvenir made onsite with the latest technological tools. One section of the grounds was completely dedicated to 3-D printing and many stations hosted workshops where participants could bring home their very own 3-D-printed object.

World Maker Faire New York also embraced pop culture, cosplay and the props and animatronics that bring movies and television series to life.

In addition to the number of interactive exhibits, World Maker Faire New York hosted many shows and educational panels ranging from the classic Coke and Mentos science experiment taken to the next level (hosted by EepyBird) to panels discussing how to get girls more interested in STEM fields.

Adam Savage, former host of the popular show “Mythbusters,” also made an appearance, hosting a panel with the stars of his new show “Mythbusters Jr.,”which will premiere on the Science Channel.

For a complete list of this year’s makers, visit makerfaire.com/new-york.

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