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On Sunday a delegation of Sparkers took the train down to Sydney to check out the Sydney Mini Maker Faire.

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With so many interesting exhibitors the faire drew a big crowd and there was plenty to see and do.

The Spark kids (Sparklets?) had a great time playing around in Intel's take on an augented reality sandbox...

Sydney Mini Maker Faire 2015

...and they had to be dragged away from the huge marble track wall exhibited by our friends at Robots and Dinosaurs.

Sparker Peter is a retired primary school teacher and remembered demonstrating the Space Shuttle fuel tanks to his class using plastic Coke bottles. These days thanks to modern software and this amazing arduino-powered control panel, kids can actually experience piloting a rocket into space!

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The Uni of NSW pacman exhibit was a big hit amongst adults and kids alike, even if most of the kids had to ask "Who's Pac-Man?".

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The finer points of DIY electric vehicles were discussed in great detail...

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And despite being a little scary at first, we soon realised the Intel Robot wasn't there to kill humans and was actually quite friendly.

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A wonderful, inspirational day. We highly recommend all makers to go along in 2016 - we're already thinking about what SparkCC can exhibit!

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