Every time I attend an event like USASEF or Maker Faire, I look around and see kids (literally, children) doing amazing stuff in the world of tinkering and hacking. Whether it's DIY crafts, robotics, or 3-D printing, it is downright amazing what kids are doing these days. Not only does it give me a lot of hope for the future, it makes me recall what I was doing when I was in elementary and middle school. I was not nearly as productive - let's just leave it at that.
Which brings me to today's post. Some of you may have heard of a young lady by the name of Super-Awesome Sylvia. Sylvia hosts a show, appropriately named Sylvia's Super-Awesome Maker Show, where she talks about all kinds of DIY projects. It's an awesome show and a prime example of the incredible stuff these crazy kids are up to these days. This year, she is hoping to attend Maker Faire NYC, as well as speak at the Open Hardware Summit - and she needs your help!
As you can imagine, traveling to New York City with your parents for a week is kind of pricey. So Sylvia has created an IndieGoGo to help fund her trip. Please help out! If you have a few dollars to spare, not only can you send an amazing girl to Maker Faire, you can get some pretty awesome swag too.
Want more information about Sylvia before you donate? Well, I recently got a chance to ask Sylvia a few questions - you can see our conversation below.
How did you (Sylvia) get started in the world of Making?
I got started in the world of making by being really curious, and a love of being destructive! Taking stuff apart, or hitting it with a hammer to see what's inside. I also love to see how things work (not just squashed). Amazing places like Maker Faire give me inspiration to do and make awesome things ALL THE TIME!
As you've gotten older, do you find your DIY interests have changed or do you still like the same things you did years ago?
I've gotten a lot more interested in everything DIY in general! But more specifically, the "harder" stuff I like more now, like using a serger for complicated sewing, or surface-mount soldering and circuit design. I still like the simpler stuff I did, 'cause you can always take those and make them better or more interesting.
Tell us about your experience with SparkFun.
Back at Maker Faire 2011, my dad spun the big wheel and won a SparkFun geek lab coat, and I won a t-shirt! I love the April fools SparkFun video. I also have a BUNCH of SparkFun kits at home - the fun and easy to follow directions are awesome, and I really love the big rubber buttons on the Simon Kit. Also my super-awesome soldering iron came from SparkFun. SparkFun ROCKS!
Tell us a little bit about your IndieGoGo and why you are running it.
We are doing the IndieGoGo fundraiser to help us buy plane tickets, transportation, food and everything else involved in to getting me and my parents to New York City for the Open Hardware Summit (that I'll be speaking at with Joey Hudy) and Maker Faire New York! Any leftover money will help make the most awesome season of "Sylvia's Super-Awesome Maker Show" ever! I am really pleased by how many people have donated so much so far!! I'm really hoping we get all the way to our goal. Just a little more to go! I have lots of great perks for people who donate like signed magazines, robot doodles, and even giving away one of the pointer fingers from the show!