Photo of Michael at Cal Poly Science Cafe

Written by on February 25, 2013

Crowd-sourced gaming with Cal Poly Science Café at SLO Mini Maker Faire

Cal Poly Science Café at Kennedy Library offers interactive experiences with an expert – taste coffee, build an imaginary city with found objects, offer ideas on how to collect E.coli samples – and now, be a part of a crowd-sourced game at SLO Mini Maker Faire!

UPDATE: It happened! You can read (and watch all about it on Out Loud).

Happily, Michael Newman is returning to San Luis Obispo to design a game for our first SLO Mini Maker Faire as part of an exciting off-site Cal Poly Science Café. It will be our first ever event in Mission Plaza!

Michael, together with Scott Hutchinson, was the designer behind what we like to affectionately call the “balls down the stairs” Science Café experience at Kennedy Library. Officially it was called, DIY: Physical Computing at Play and was featured on Boing Boing. In short, they turned our giant, 72-step grand staircase into a large-scale, physical computing video game.

It was super fun!

san-luis-obispo_mmf_logoHere’s what I know about Michael’s plan for SLOMMF so far: It will involve giant tubes and crowd-sourced competition. There will be a visual and audio payoff. And good times will be had by all (hint: be sure to bring your smart phone).

Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 11, 2013. Michael will be leading the game in the amphitheater at noon, 12:45pm and 1:45pm.

Learn more about Cal Poly Science Café at Kennedy Library.

You can watch a video about “balls down the stairs” on Boing Boing.

Michael made his source files, materials list and process photos from “balls down the stairs” available on his site, Pomp.

Photo from Kennedy Library on Flickr.

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