I had just over half-an-hour to whizz round the Maker Faire before I needed to be someplace else.

It seemed much larger than last year (twice as big?) and was split between hands-on crafts (mostly for kids), left-field creative projects and product stalls, with a couple of performance events thrown in.

I was left a bit cold by the Discovery Museum- they had a magnificent steam engine outside, but seemingly not much else. The heavily advertised light installation in the Great Hall didn’t get interesting in the short time I allowed it.

The Centre for Life, however, was buzzing with maker-life; the loud and prominent centre-piece being a ‘Tesla organ’, greeting visitors on arrival (best explained with a video, from @evilwallpaper).

Other highlights included @coldclimate’s LED reactive table, a ball-bearing ‘roller-coaster’ and a Rubik Cube solving robot.

I also caught up with @alistair, amongst the cacophony of his bottle percussion band, but sadly missed @AB_Thomas‘ fluorescent light performance. I didn’t ask whether his trembling afterwards was due to nerves, exercise, or the electric shock he pulled from one of the tubes. @G_Rak seemed to think it had been a brilliant (ha!) show, anyhow.

There were a fair few favourites returning from last year, including the mechanical horse, electronic graffiti wall and LED psychedelic spectacles.

The Maker Faire is on again today, costing £3.95 for an adult ticket, with discounts for families.

UPDATE: Jonathan Street has a nice write-up of the event.

http://jonathanstreet.com/blog/newcastle-maker-faire-2010has