OpenROV at Open MAKE


Eric and I will be giving a quick talk about OpenROV at the Exploratorium tomorrow (Saturday, March 17th). The Open MAKE events are always a lot of fun, especially if you have kids. If you can make it, we'd love it if you stopped by to say hi! Here's an overview:

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A collaboration between the Exploratorium, MAKE Magazine, and Pixar Animation Studios, Open MAKE is a monthly program highlighting the tools, techniques, and ingenuity of local Makers. Visitors are invited to participate in tinkering and making activities inside the Tinkering Studio, where Makers from around the Bay Area will share their work. In addition, Gareth Branwyn, Editor-in-Chief of MAKE Magazine, will interview Featured Makers in the McBean Theater.

This month’s theme will be tools. Four Featured Makers will be interviewed in the McBean Theater between 1 and 2 p.m., talking about their work and process, and taking questions from the audience. The interview will also be webcast live! Please go to to watch.

  • Tim Hunkin played with us last year, helping visitor solder and spot weld on the floor, and building the wonderful archway that adorns the Tinkering Studio. This year he returns as a Featured Maker, and his talk is not to be missed!
  • Moxie is a wonderful artist who specializes in needle-felting wool to make it do strange and wonderful things.
  • Chef Elizabeth Falkner, of Citizen Cake fame, is an expert at using kitchen tools and can stretch the boundaries of what pâtisserie can accomplish!
  • David Lang and Eric Stackpole have started a community of tinkerers, engineers, and programmers to build an OpenROV, a remotely operated vehicle to go hunting for treasure at the bottom of abandoned mines.
  • Benjamin Cowden builds delightfully quirky machines that accomplish human behaviors, like kissing or licking a lollipop.

And back in the McBean Theater at 3:00pm Cinema Arts offers Tooling Around, a selection of short animations and documentaries exploring the boundless ways that tools can be creatively used beyond function!