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Maker Faire will return to the Life Science Centre in Newcastle celebrating designs, inventions and creations of all shapes and sizes on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th April.

In what is described as ‘the greatest show and tell on Earth’, last year’s Faire saw car-crushing claws, huge robots and a mechanical fire-breathing dragon! Caught your attention? Then read on…

A mix of hackers, crafters, coders, DIYers and garden shed inventors travel from across the globe to present their work. There’s slight favouritism towards home-made creations, which are all the more likely to inspire you to dig out whatever tools you possess and give it a go yourself! Innovative exhibitors will be arranging talks and workshops for you to pick up a few handy tips and tricks.

Arriving from the US are Fritz and Stephen, otherwise known as Eepybird, who are an increasingly popular act thanks to their viral videos (currently notching up over 150 million views) which takes the ol’ Diet Coke and Mentos high school science experiment to new levels, creating a man-made sugary geyser. This impressive performance has seen the duo appear on high profile shows such as The Late Show with David Letterman and Mythbusters.

The Litre of Light is a fine example of how simple exhibits at Maker Faire have gone on to change the world – and all from a few simple household items. Check out their exhibit to find out how a one litre bottle of chlorinated water has gone on to light up over 28,000 homes in Indonesia and the Philippines.

Ever wondered what the end result would be if art met science? Adrian Pritchard’s Osmosis Machine will answer all your queries. After mixing paint to the point of perfect viscosity, the 10 foot tall kinetic device relies on gravity, slight rotations and a net to create unique pictures every time.

And a personal favourite of mine; 3D printed chocolate. What more is there to say? Coming all the way from Belgium, this team allow you to pick your object, print it out and enjoy. Be sure to get to this one early.

Maker Faire runs at Life Science Centre, Newcastle on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th April.

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