The Science of Sustainability

Do-it-Yourself Science: The Maker Faire

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It's been called "Burning Man for science geeks." The annual Maker Faire attracts thousands of amateur inventors and scientists, displaying their home-made prototypes and gadget hacks. In a world where the technological race is speeding up, the Maker movement has revealed that the do-it-yourself culture is in no danger of dying out.

You may view the "Do-it-Yourself Science: The Maker Faire" TV story online, as well as find additional links and resources.

Josh Rosen is Series Producer for QUEST on KQED Television.

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Josh Rosen was the TV Series Producer for QUEST from 2007-2009. He is a senior writer and producer specializing in documentary series and factual programming. Over the last decade he's produced a wide range of non-fiction hours, covering everything from Antarctic expeditions to Civil War history. With a background in feature film, Josh spent four years working with legendary German filmmaker Werner Herzog on multiple documentaries, including the Emmy-nominated "Little Dieter Needs to Fly," "Wings of Hope," and "Klaus Kinski: My Best Fiend." His more recent projects are currently airing on the Discovery Channel, the National Geographic Channel, the History Channel, and worldwide through Granada Media and RDF Television.
  • Daniel Osmer

    Cab I download the Maker Faire " Do it yourself science" video on to my hard drive so I can show it in class with out wireless?



  • Josh Rosen

    Hi Daniel,

    Sure, there's a way to download a portable free version. We use the iTunes store to distribute free copies of the segments in our show. Just go to iTunes. (Download it for free from Apple, if you don't have it.) From there, go to the iTunes Store and select the "Podcasts" tab. Search for "KQED QUEST." You'll find our TV and radio podcasts. From there, you can just selection the segment you want and click on the download button. The file that's downloaded is an M4V file, and your QuickTime player will play it on your Macintosh or PC desktop. Let us know if you have any problems.