MythBusters Jr. co-host Elijah Horland will be busting out his personal projects at this year’s Maker Faire Rochester!


Elijah is a self-taught maker, programmer, and circuit extraordinaire who has been making since he was 9.


Now 14, he is still making projects including larger-scale acoustic levitation “BigLev” scratch-built device and a high-altitude balloon with an air raising backstory. His current projects include reviews for small electronic devices and entry into Allie Weber’s “Hack-A-Pumpkin” challenge, which will be unveiled on Halloween.


Elijah will also be holding a Q&A session on our main stage this year!


If you see any Googly Eyes floating around the faire, you might want to find his booth and ask Elijah about them.



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We have over 100+ makers signed up and so can you! There is only just over a week left to sign up as a maker for this year’s faire!


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Call for Makers is now officially open for Maker Faire Rochester 2019


This year’s events will be taking place on Friday, November 22 & Saturday, November 23, 2019 at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center, so save the date!


We continue to grow!  Last year we had a record breaking year for us with 150+ makers and 5,000 people in attendance.  This year we have even MORE room to grow and would like to hit 200+ Makers.   Can you help us?  We will also have a large stage, so if you know any performers, ask them to consider applying.


You can apply to be a Maker Friday for the Student STEAM Fest, Saturday for the Maker Faire, or for both days. As a heads up, we will be accepting makers for both days on a rolling basis, and the individual days in batches. This will hopefully make mapping easier so makers who attend both days don’t have to move their booths.


The Student STEAM Fest will be a sneak preview for students in 3rd through 8th grade. The day will run from 9:00 am – 2:30 pm on Friday November 22nd. We do encourage makers to have hands-on activities or demos to show the attending students. To keep all activities accessible to all students, we will not be allowing any sales on this day. However, commercial makers that attend the Friday Student STEAM Fest to provide demonstrations and/or free hands-on activities for students will be eligible for a discount on Saturday’s Commercial Maker fee.  Please consider helping us inspire children to become future makers.  Apply today for BOTH days!


We hope to have load-in for the Student STEAM day take place on Thursday night and Friday morning (we’re still working out the final details). Load in for Saturday should be the same as previous years.


If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at

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A number of folks have already reached out to us about the latest news from Maker Media about Maker Faire halting operations. Dale Dougherty, the founder of Maker Media and Maker Faire, will be trying to keep the licensing program that we’re under to continue for the hundreds of independently-produced Maker Faire events around the world.


We want to let everyone know that Maker Faire Rochester will continue no matter what.

Everyone on the Maker Faire Rochester and NYSCATE team is dedicated to continuing on with the faire and spreading the maker spirit across the region and beyond. Remember to save November 23rd for our 6th event. We’re already making plans on growing the event and adding more makers.

We do want to send hugs to all of our friends at Maker Media who we’ve been lucky enough to work with over the last 5 years. Their team was filled with incredible folks that continue to inspire us. We’re sure we’ll run into them and hopefully work with them again in the future.


Here are some of the questions we’ve been getting, and the answers to go along with them. If you need further details, please contact us at or Facebook.



Who is Maker Media, and what do they have to do with Maker Faires?

Maker Media published MAKE: magazine and created Maker Faire. They produced two Maker Faire events, San Francisco and New York, and they licensed the name to hundreds of community organizers around the world who produce more than 200 independent Maker Faire events.

In New York, Rochester host larger two-day Maker Faire events, and single-day Mini Maker Faire events are held or are coming up in Buffalo, Fredonia, Utica, Horseheads, Schenectady, Port Jefferson

As we mentioned, the production teams for these events license the trademarked Maker Faire name from Maker Media. There is brand recognition in the name and in the Maker Movement, and there is a collaboration between the organizations who run them.


Hang on, I still don’t know what a Maker Faire is. Can you explain?

Maker Faire events are an opportunity for curious people who enjoy learning to see what others in the community are working on. It’s a marketplace of ideas and experiments, where makers can show off their passion projects, hobbies, and more.


So all the events are going on as planned?

Yes! Rochester “Call for Makers” to exhibit will start in late June, and tickets go on sale later this summer.

We love the Maker Media organization and the team that worked there. They helped us get Maker Faire Rochester started, and they offered an incredible amount of help and advice to make it a better event year after year.

We need community support more than ever. Now is the perfect time to get involved if you want to continue Maker Faire in your local community.


Who runs Maker Faire Rochester?

Maker Faire Rochester is an all-volunteer event that is led by NYSCATE a state-wide non-profit. We’ve been doing this for six years, and have no plans on stopping anytime soon.

If you’re interested in getting in touch with us or any of the Maker Faire organizers, let us know at


How can I help?

Thank you! Tell your friends! Invite your neighbors! Yell from the rooftops! But only during the day, please.

Maker Faire Rochester is November 22nd and 23rd. If you want to exhibit, volunteer, or attend, please sign up for future news through our email updates. Follow us on Facebook.

All the proceeds from Maker Faire Orlando go back into the local maker community, and we’re always looking for sponsors who value hands-on education and strong community-building events. We need your support now more than ever. The Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth will go on!


Maker Faire Rochester will be back and better than ever on Saturday, November 23rd! Last year we had over 150+ makers, 5,000 attendees, and our first Student STEAM Fest. This year we’re planning on expanding even more!

Our Student S.T.E.A.M. Fest will also be returning on Friday, November 22nd for 3rd to 8th graders. For more information, visit


The official Call for Makers should be launching at the May or early June.


Maker Faire Rochester Outreach Ambassadors:


As we start to expand the faire even more, we’re looking to volunteers to help represent Maker Faire Rochester at more events across the region. If you’re interested, please let us know!



Upcoming Events:


While Maker Faire Rochester may not be until November, here are a few events that we’re planning on attending over the next few months:



Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about how to become a maker or anything about this year’s faire.


It’s been an incredible year for Maker Faire Rochester! In 2018, we gave a talk on community involvement for the Maker Faire Producers Virtual Summit, attended the 1st Nation of Makers Conference and several Maker Faires across NY, ran tons of hands-on maker activities at the RMSC, Strong Museum, throughout the Monroe County Library System, the FLX Maker Fest, and the Rochester Fringe Festival. The biggest news of the year was becoming a full Featured Maker Faire and expanding to 2 days to include our first annual Student S.T.E.A.M. Fest. Even with the snow storm, we had 5,000 attendees and 150 makers, including makers who traveled from Canada, Italy, and South Korea.

Huge thank you to all of our makers, volunteers, sponsors, Make, our producing team, and especially our parent organization, NYSCATE. We hope everyone has an incredible New Year!

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What a way to celebrate our first year as a Featured Maker Faire! Friday and Saturday were beyond incredible at this year’s Maker Faire Rochester and inaugural Student S.T.E.A.M. Fest! Even with the snow, we broke all previous records and had somewhere between 4.5k and 5k attendees!

This year would not have been possible without our 150 makers and interactive exhibits (including Makers from Italy and South Korea), 100+ volunteers, along with our incredibly generous sponsors to make this huge event happen year after year.


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Premiering at the faire this year will be The Royal Trumpets, one of Rochester’s first local kinetic fire sculptures, will be making its first hometown appearances. These trumpets stand at 17 feet tall when fully upright, and can blast out a 10-foot fireball into the air!


We met them back at the New York Maker Faire in September and we were beyond pumped to learn that they’re from Rochester.


Learn more about them at


Be sure to buy your tickets ahead of time for the 2018 Maker Faire Rochester at


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School will be in session very soon across New York! With students back in classrooms next week, we all need to consider how to help foster that creative spark in our youth. With that in mind, we are excited to announce Maker Faire Rochester’s Student S.T.E.A.M. Fest in partnership with NYSCATE.


What is the Student S.T.E.A.M. Fest? It’s a special sneak peek at Maker Faire Rochester held on Friday, November 16th, from 9 AM to 2:30 PM. We are opening this day to school and (home school groups) for students in 3rd to 8th grade.


This day will be organized to allow students and their teachers the opportunity to see and engage in making activities across multiple categories including:
  • Robots and Drones
  • Think, Design, Create (Manufacturing)
  • Sustainability
  • The Arts; Hands on Science (Applied Sciences)
  • Culinary/Agriculture
  • Coding and Things that Go Beep (Micro controllers, Mini Computers, and Coding)
  • DIY (jewelry, home repair/construction, and more)
If you are a maker, the Student S.T.E.A.M. Fest is a great way to help share your knowledge and passion to inspire the next generation of makers. Please consider sharing your gifts and answering the Call for Makers.


If you are a business interested in sponsoring a hands on activity or covering the cost for a class to attend, check out our Sponsorship Packet.


If you are a parent, grandparent, guardian, or involved with local schools in any manner, please share our Student S.T.E.A.M. Fest posters (Poster 1, Poster 2) and the Student STEAM Fest Registration Form with your local school.


We have a special performance that we are bringing in to ignite the curiosity of students. Jason Latimer world champion magician and curator of Impossible Science at the Fleet Science Center in San Diego California will be bringing his show live and in person! This is an opportunity for schools not to miss!


We hope that you’ll join us for this special one of a kind event!


The Maker Faire Rochester crew will be back at The Great New York State Fair in Syracuse on Saturday, August 25th and Sunday, August 26th. You’ll be able to find us in the S.T.E.A.M. Exhibit in the Science & Industry building.

At last year’s event, we brought our Big Face Boxes. This year, we’ll be bringing the Light Painting Photo Booth. Attendees will get to paint using lightsabers, LEDs, flashlights, and a few other fun light up projects we’re working on.

Judging from the layout, we’ll be joined by other awesome maker friends of ours including the Rochester Lego User Group, FIRST Team 1511 Rolling Thunder, and CNY Drones!

We’re personally pumped to see the new nightly Drone Light Show going on every night at the fair. Be sure to drop on by and say hi!

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