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World Maker Faire New York 2013 Delivers Hands-On Learning Experiences for All Skill Levels and Ages

QUEENS, NY -- (Marketwired) -- Sep 13, 2013 -- World Maker Faire New York, the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth on September 21 and 22 at the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) in Queens, will offer an abundance of opportunities for Faire-goers to get practical experience and kickstart their own maker skills. Attendees can participate in workshops and special areas of the event as well as in many maker exhibits to learn from the experts themselves.

The opportunities for interactive participation are many across a wide range of topics and will reach across the spectrum of skill levels, from novice through advanced. Attendees are sure to find something that delights the maker in them. Here are some examples:

RadioShack Corporation returns to World Maker Faire New York 2013 as a Goldsmith Sponsor hosting the "Learn to Solder" area. "RadioShack is thrilled to be back at the event to interact with young makers and connect with the people we see as the future of making. It's important to have a personal relationship with our core audience because we learn first-hand about their interests. It's a very exciting time for us," said Joe Magnacca, RadioShack's chief executive officer. Jennifer Warren, chief marketing officer for RadioShack, echoes the excitement, "We look forward to meeting new makers, and seeing the many new innovations and inventions World Maker Faire has to offer. We invite all attendees to stop by RadioShack's Learn to Solder area to check out the fun."

A first for World Maker Faire New York, and the New York Hall of Science, is a compost pile designed and built by Build It Green!NYC and fueled by organic scraps deposited by attendees. "Build It Green!NYC and BIG!Compost are pleased to be partnering with Maker Faire and the New York Hall of Science to create a composting structure for this event. Last summer we collected 2,000 pounds of organic waste at World Maker Faire, and we are excited that this year we will be able to process the food scraps at NYSCI," Justin Green, Build It Green!NYC's Program Director. Build It Green!NYC is furthering World Maker Faire's sustainability initiatives by directly involving attendees who will help build the BIG!Compost pile by supplying it with organic waste throughout the event. The compost pile will thrive throughout the year as NYSCI will maintain it, use the fresh soil on the NYSCI grounds, and offer new programs to visitors to raise awareness about re-use and recycling. At World Maker Faire, Build It Green!NYC will also host an education area where attendees can learn more about their local efforts as well as participate in an upcycled crafts area where they can make donated bathroom tiles into mosaic coasters.

Tickets are on sale now for World Maker Faire New York 2013 at http://makerfairenyc.eventbrite.com. Tickets range in price from $10-$35 for a full day pass. Faire visitors can purchase tickets online between now and September 20, 2013, at online advance prices. Tickets can also be purchased at World Maker Faire New York 2013 on September 21 and September 22, 2013.

Maker Faire
Created by the editors of MAKE magazine, Maker Faire is a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. The original Maker Faire event was held in San Mateo, CA and in May 2013 celebrated its eighth annual show with some 900 makers and 120,000 people in attendance. World Maker Faire New York, the other flagship event, has grown in just four years and expects over 600 makers and 70,000 attendees this September. Detroit, Kansas City, Newcastle (UK), Rome, and Tokyo are the home of "featured" 2013 Maker Faires (200+ makers), and community-driven, independently organized Mini Maker Faires are now being produced around the United States and the world. For more information about Maker Faire, visit makerfaire.com.

Calendar Editors
A celebration of DIY culture, World Maker Faire New York 2013 runs Saturday-Sunday, September 21-22, at the New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Corona, NY, 11368. Saturday, 10 am to 7 pm; Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm. $10-$35; ages 2 and under are free. Visit http://www.makerfaire.com for all the details. To purchase tickets, including weekend passes: http://makerfairenyc.eventbrite.com

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World Maker Faire Sponsors
World Maker Faire New York 2013 sponsors include: Title Sponsor: Disney; Goldsmith Sponsors: RadioShack, Zazzle; Silversmith Sponsors: Atmel, Cognizant, Esurance, Ford, MakerBot, Microsoft, Motorola -- A Google Company, PurinaONE, SketchUp, Time Warner Cable; Coppersmith Sponsors: ASUS, Autodesk, Chobani, Delta Faucet, Epilog Laser, GeekDad, Kraftwurks, littleBits, Shapeways, ShopBot Tools, Vex Robotics.

New York Hall of Science
The New York Hall of Science presents 450 exhibits, demonstrations and design spaces that explain science, technology, engineering and math. A visit to NYSCI is a hands-on, energetic educational experience where you can indulge your curiosity and nurture your creativity. NYSCI offers professional development for teachers, produces curricula and resources for classrooms, and studies how technology, gaming and play affect how we learn. NYSCI was founded at the 1964-65 World's Fair and has evolved into New York's center for interactive science serving a half million students, teachers, and families each year.

Maker Media
Maker Media is a global platform for connecting makers with each other, with products and services, and with our partners. Through media, events and ecommerce, Maker Media serves a growing community of makers who bring a DIY mindset to technology. Whether as hobbyists or professionals, makers are creative, resourceful and curious, developing projects that demonstrate how they can interact with the world around them. The launch of MAKE Magazine in 2005, followed by Maker Faire in 2006, jumpstarted a worldwide Maker Movement, which is transforming innovation, culture, and education. Located in Sebastopol, CA, Maker Media is the publisher of MAKE Magazine and the producer of Maker Faire. It also develops "getting started" kits and books that are sold in its Maker Shed store as well as in retail channels.

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