Kansas City Maker Faire 2014 | The Nerd Nest

We spent last Saturday at Kansas City Maker Faire, which is one of our favorite things to do as a family every year. The Maker Faire has amazing inventions, interesting technology, fun activities, and plenty of nerd culture references: enough to keep any sort of nerd overjoyed and engaged. In addition to giving us grown up nerds a chance to connect with other Makers and get a feel for what’s happening in the world of technology, it’s also an awesome opportunity to spare kids’ interest in STEM fields by showing how FUN those areas can be.

Here’s a peek into what we saw and did at this year’s Faire:

Kansas City Maker Faire 2014 | The Nerd Nest

Kansas City Maker Faire 2014 | The Nerd Nest

Kansas City Maker Faire 2014 | The Nerd Nest

Kansas City Maker Faire 2014 | The Nerd Nest

Kansas City Maker Faire 2014 | The Nerd Nest

Kansas City Maker Faire 2014 | The Nerd Nest

Kansas City Maker Faire 2014 | The Nerd Nest

Kansas City Maker Faire 2014 | The Nerd Nest

Kansas City Maker Faire 2014 | The Nerd Nest

Kansas City Maker Faire 2014 | The Nerd Nest

Kansas City Maker Faire 2014 | The Nerd Nest

Kansas City Maker Faire 2014 | The Nerd Nest

Kansas City Maker Faire 2014 | The Nerd Nest

Kansas City Maker Faire 2014 | The Nerd Nest

Kansas City Maker Faire 2014 | The Nerd Nest

Kansas City Maker Faire 2014 | The Nerd Nest

Kansas City Maker Faire 2014 | The Nerd Nest

Kansas City Maker Faire 2014 | The Nerd Nest

Kansas City Maker Faire 2014 | The Nerd Nest

Kansas City Maker Faire 2014 | The Nerd Nest

Kansas City Maker Faire 2014 | The Nerd Nest

A bit of what you’re seeing up there:

micro controllers / 3D printers (LOTS of 3D printers) / new apps / new search engines / robots (we had fun watching high school robotics teams compete!) / a giant inflated playground just for fun / making slime / life sized TARDIS and a Dalek (boy, did Jonas love up on that Dalek) / Lego pits and a Rube Goldberg Lego machine / fantastic artists / LARPing / viewing tiny ecosystems through giant microscopes / tons of great tools for building and making

We didn’t even touch the tip of the iceberg with the camera (we skipped photographing a lot of the things we’ve taken pictures of other years). We spent five or six hours submerged in awesomeness and we’re still kind of floating from it.

There are over 100 Maker Faires all over the world, so see if there’s one near you!

You can also check out our past Maker Faire adventures.