So this year, when I found out that that as part of the Singapore Science Festival 2015, there is going to be a Maker Faire (which is like a fair for people who create things such as- engineers, inventors, scientists, craftsman), I thought Ace will definitely love it.. given that he is such a hands on kid.
True enough, the event was like a dream come alive for him!!!:) Cos he got to fiddle with tools and make things that he liked:)
When we first arrived, we were a little overwhelmed and did not know what to expect. So we just anyhowly walk around. Ace said he wanted to do a course that taught people how to connect circuits and we had to wait a little because the workshop was about 20 min away.. so we walked around a little...
We came to this section that was manned by GroundUp Initiative and saw someone making bricks. I asked Ace if he wanted to try... And he said YES... BUT in the end he just watched mostly because he did not want to get his hands dirty :) haha..
Someone came and asked if Ace wanted to attended a workshop that will teach him how to make kampong toys.... but the timing clashed with the workshop that he wanted to attend.. so I asked him to decide.. In the end, his love for making things won..
But hor, I duno to say he is lucky or wat... he walked into the workshop room and instead of going to the table where some children were already starting to make this kampong toy... he walked towards an Uncle who asked him what he wanted to make and without any hesitation, Ace replied with a big grin,"A gun!"
And I tell you.. this workshop, is like paradise for him. I wished we had a big house with a workshop room for him and his dad to get started on projects cos I know Max is a rather hands on person too :) hahah... But I guess this is like second best option lor...
Ace had so much fun sawing, drilling, sanding the pieces of wood to make his gun lor.. and the uncles all so helpful.. started off only one helped him.. then another one came to help.. and he will tell them the design he has in mind and they will tell him what is the next step...
But in the end.. Ace do halfway also tired cos he already used alot of energy making his gun.. So his dad came to help a little...
I really admire this mother who completed one by herself on her daugther's behalf!:) sart!
I have seen the Cajun alot when I watch live bands play and always wondered how it produces the sound it does.. now that I have seen how it is made, I know.. and now that I know how it works, I also understand why people like to use this instrument:)
It is called a Bartop (Desktop) Arcade Cabinet. This cabinet is designed to mimic the feel of an arcade machine with arcade joystick and buttons. With a few hundred dollars, they will provide you with the cut out boards and stickers for you to run your favourite game emulators using a PC. You can also convert your old game consoles (Playstation 3 or Xbox 360) into a cool piece of retro display furniture as well as a functional arcade machine.
So cool right? It is available as DIY kit and they can also set up for you.. and the best part is.. the person who is doing this.. turned out to be Max's Navy Batch boy ;) hahahaha.. (If you want more details PM me and I will link you up.. cos they dun have a website now...)
Ace is very interested and I think it is pretty cool too.. I just fear if we do have this, he will stop doing homework lor!:) hahahahaha
The cabinet is available as a DIY kit (empty cabinet with or without joystick and buttons) and artwork can be customised according to your favourite game themes and characters.
First you need to select a design and then hotpress the design onto this plate they give you..
Ace loved it so much he did not want to go home but we had to get elsewhere.. so we told him we will bring him back again the next day..
Next day though, he woke up and changed his mind.. I think also good lah.. He has been there and done that for all the make this make that stalls I think.. hahhaa:)
Just that his only regret is he wanted to see the three D printing things being done but when we were there, the person in charge was having lunch..
Anyway, this is great fun and we are definitely going again next year!:)
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