Talk:Wikinews attends Maker Faire in Tyler, Texas

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  • The event was hosted at the Discovery Science Place (science museum) located in Tyler. I volunteered on Friday (with setup) and also staffed an area for one hour on Saturday (to help various demonstrators, if needed). --Bddpaux (talk) 20:58, 27 April 2019 (UTC)


I walked around the event for about 45 minutes. Interviewed the lady who started the Make Crate business -- she's from Austin, Texas. --Buddpaul (talk) 22:09, 28 April 2019 (UTC)

Per interview, her company is a monthly subscription service for parents and educators. Subscribers receive a box of electronics, and/or materials designed to teach coding and other lessons. --Bddpaux (talk) 14:20, 29 April 2019 (UTC)
They place a strong emphasis on teaching kids to code. --Bddpaux (talk) 14:50, 29 April 2019 (UTC)
  • I'm annoyed that I didn't get a photo of this.....but some guys there had a wooden model of an Aircraft carrier deck and this solenoid type device hooked up that launched a paper airplane at a high was simple but cool. --Bddpaux (talk) 14:51, 29 April 2019 (UTC)
  • I honestly think every Middle school, High school and college Maker Club within an 80-mile radius was there. --Bddpaux (talk) 14:54, 29 April 2019 (UTC)
  • There was a group of local university students there, (physics majors) displaying a testing device. It had a small platform, which would automatically tilt to keep a ball atop the platform. It was very responsive and you could bump the ball with a small stick and an 'eye' above the ball read its location and the platform would rapidly tilt to keep the ball from falling off. --Bddpaux (talk) 14:59, 29 April 2019 (UTC)
    Thanks. I would like to know more information (if you have it):
    1) Do you know how many people attended the event in total?
    2) I like the last image but I don't get it, like what is it. Where is the body of this aircraft.
    3) I think the minimal required length might still be three paragraphs; adding some background (is it a yearly event or what?) could work nicely for that. Gryllida (talk) 23:22, 29 April 2019 (UTC)
    @Bddpaux, Gryllida: Regarding minimal length: While an additional sentence or two might be good to beef up the volume, and it would indeed be useful perspective to know attendance if we can get that info, the current lede is a bit lengthy/detailed so might be appropriately broken into two, satisfying the three-paragraph criterion, and I wouldn't be uncomfortable pushing the text-volume minimum threshold a bit for an OR piece that's edging toward a photo essay. --Pi zero (talk) 23:40, 29 April 2019 (UTC)
    Thanks for this confirmation, Pi zero. I will remember it for future photo essays. Gryllida (talk) 00:17, 30 April 2019 (UTC)
Ok, so in order: I don't know the attendance, although since I've been every year, it looked to be 'down' just a bit. That image is of a police/medical drone was mounted at a weird angle and my poor photography skills only made it look more strange. I will modify the paragraphs. I've attended every year.....this was the 6th year. This was my first year to volunteer. --Bddpaux (talk) 17:31, 30 April 2019 (UTC)

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  • Yep....I agree.....I tend to use some type of notepad, but I left it in the car!! .....and essentially all the 'news' I gathered, was during my free 'one hour of walkaround' volunteers were allowed to have. Could've spelled that out before I submitted, though. --Bddpaux (talk) 19:05, 30 April 2019 (UTC)
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