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By Joe Russo

AR Design rocks the Palm Beach Mini Maker Faire

Last week Palm Beach Tech and the South Florida Science Center & Aquarium hosted the 2017 Palm Beach Mini Maker Faire, a hands-on workshop event where makers, creators, and  innovators gathered for a day full of creative fun.

AR Design, a Palm Beach Tech member and local creative design company produced a rock shop. Adam Ross, said “the idea was to have an interactive and artistic workshop where kids could draw and design their own record album”, the AR Design band would then add a touch of technology by actualizing it digitally.


When Vinyls and Tech Collide

The team used actual record covers as visual inspiration for the young attendees to have a starting point for their own albums. Some examples included the iconic Velvet Underground’s art of Andy Warhol and the famed Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon.

The rock shop began with decorating a piece of paper, the kids then sat with a member of the AR Design band and turned their creative ideas into digital concepts on the computer. As curious eyes gathered, the participants could view the process on a big television screen and see their designs come to life. Each finished design was printed and adhered to a faux record sleeve for the kids to take home.

Most of the kids participating in the workshop had a clear idea of what they wanted to design, it was interesting to see that it was the adults who were indecisive and kept going back and forth with their ideas. On the other hand, it was funny to see children curious and unaware of what vinyl albums were, while the adult parents filled with nostalgia explained to them that music wasn’t always digitally dowloaded.

About Maker Faire

Maker Faire originated in 2006 in the San Francisco Bay Area as a project of the editors of Make: magazine.  It has since grown into a significant worldwide network of both flagship and independently-produced events.

The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium has been Palm Beach’s leading informal education facility since 1961. With over 50 hands-on exhibits, Palm Beach’s only public planetarium and observatory, a 10,000 gallon aquarium, Florida conservation miniature golf course and so much more, we exist to open every mind to science. They introduced Maker Faire to the county for the first time ever in May 2016. The event was such a success that they decided to host it again in 2017!


By Joe Russo

Calling All Makers!

The South Florida Science Center & Palm Beach Tech Association are hosting 2nd Annual Palm Beach Mini MakerFaire on May 13th, 2017!


Maker Faire showcases the amazing work of all kinds from all ages of makers—anyone who is embracing the do-it-yourself (or do-it-together) spirit and wants to share their accomplishments with an appreciative audience.


You’re invited to come show your projects and live demos at this event. Makers sharing or demoing will be able to exhibit for FREE, while commercial makers selling goods will be charged a $35 tax deductible donation. We’re looking for:

  • Performers
  • Teachers
  • Club Leaders
  • Artists
  • Inventors

*This is both an indoor and outdoor event


AR Design rocks the Palm Beach Mini Maker Faire
Calling All Makers!