An intent young maker at last year’s East Bay Mini Maker Faire. Photo: Sabrina Merlo

Build your own biology lab, make foam swords, devise your ingenious escape the MacGyver way, learn about honey harvesting… these are just a handful of the experiences from Berkeley makers you could have at this Sunday’s East Bay Mini Maker Faire, to be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the campus of Park Day School in the Temescal district of Oakland.

Among the 125 makers, performers, crafters, presenters and vendors at the Faire, are a couple of dozen Berkeleyans: among them, Chris Anderson is showing unmanned aerial vehicles you can make in your own garage, Pioneers in Engineering are banging the drum for their new robotics competition (Berkeleyside covered the last one in April), the Fixit Clinic is leading “guided disassembly of your broken stuff”, and Adrian Freed will show you how to build interactive, touch-sensitive surfaces using conductive paper and origami.

“Don’t panic… be creative!” exhorts MacGyver Class, one of the Berkeley exhibitors at the Mini Maker Faire on Sunday

The East Bay Mini Maker Faire, now in its second year, is the offspring of the now-mammoth original Maker Faire, held each spring at the San Mateo Fairgrounds. There are now dozens of Maker Faires, both large-scale and community-scale.

On Sunday, there will be hands-on activities, music, food, demonstrations and plenty of startling sights for all ages.

Berkeleyside readers can buy tickets for the Mini Maker Faire at a 15% discount by using the code BERKELEYSIDE.

(Disclosure: the Mini Maker Faire raises funds for Park Day School, where I’m chair of the board.)

To find out what is going on in Berkeley and nearby, be sure to check out Berkeleyside’s recently launched Events Calendar. We also encourage you to submit your own events.

Lance Knobel (Berkeleyside co-founder) has been a journalist for nearly 40 years. Much of his career was in business journalism. He was editor-in-chief of both Management Today, the leading business magazine...