We are proud to report that we engaged over 1,000 guests with the Virtual Water Table at this year’s Maker Faire at State Fair Park on Sept. 29-30, 2018.
It was our first year at the Maker Faire, and we had a great time. There is something ineffably compelling about the Augmented Reality Sandbox that inspires childlike curiosity and imagination in young and old alike.
We heard numerous times, “This is the coolest thing I’ve seen all day!” Many people asked how to build their own or expressed a desire to buy or rent ours. Some were surprised that a nonprofit was capable of creating something so innovative. Others imagined ways they would want to expand the programming. Educators came by to network with an interest in collaborating to share the value with their students. Parents and grandparents in some cases had to pull their young ones away or they would have played in the sandbox all day.
We are proud of the work and passion our team has invested in this project. In a few months we aim to mobilize the Virtual Water Table among schools in concert with motivated teachers hungry for an engagement tool aligned with water-related curricular connections.
Special thanks to all team members who volunteered their time to showcase this novel resource: Jose Basaldua, Mike Rea, Bryn Summers, Justin Hegarty, Wilniesha Smith, Michael Timm.