Words of advice from last year’s workshop facilitator, Ken

As a lead-up to this year’s Singapore Mini Maker Faire on 27 & 28 July, we went round consolidating advice from some of the repeat makers which they felt are useful for new makers or makers wannabe.

Ken conducted a workshop at the inaugural Singapore Mini Maker Faire held at the Science Centre Singapore last year. Like many others, I was awed by Ken’s project. He was working on animated paper-craft with wireless inductive power transmission. Click here to read more about his project showcased last year.

Reason for returning

This year, Ken is returning to the Mini Maker Faire to help his colleague instead. He shared that he really enjoyed the event last year, where the smiles on people’s faces after seeing his work encouraged him to come back again this year, even though he will not be taking a booth this time.

Ken shared that last year, he had 30 sign-ups for his workshop and many of them were children. He was motivated when the children left the workshop being happy with what they had learnt.

Words of advice for workshop facilitators

Having conducted one round of workshop, Ken have the following advice for new makers:-

1.       Don’t get panic if too many people come to your workshop, although you may not have enough for them, because that means you have done a great job, and people are really interested in your work.

 2. Keep being open-minded to any comment and question, no matter whether they are good or bad. Having an open mind is one essential personality of a maker :D

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We will post a separate blog entry later on the booth by Ken’s colleague at the Singapore Mini Maker Faire this year.

Watch this space for more updates on the Singapore Mini Maker Faire 2013!

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