Michael Colley, a senior at Staples High School, Westport, Connecticut, won the prestigious Editor’s Choice Blue Ribbon Award at the World Maker Faire 2012. The event was held at the New York Hall of Science on September 29 and 30. The World Maker Faire has been described as the world’s most extraordinary gathering of DIY talents in science, technology, crafting, fashion, food, and sustainability.
“Makers exemplify what happens when you unleash your curiosity and creativity,” said Margaret Honey, President and CEO of the New York Hall of Science. “In grade school, we learn about critical thinking and the scientific method. At World Maker Faire, we see those concepts taken to scale in ways that are inventive, whimsical, and often larger than life.”
The staff of MAKE and Maker Faire award Maker Faire Editor’s Choice Ribbons to the Makers that have demonstrated great creativity, ingenuity and innovation for their Maker Faire project. These ribbons are handed out at each event and signify the highlights of Maker Faire. Maker Faire Editor’s Choice Blue Ribbon Winners embrace the DIY Spirit and inspire Makers of all ages.
Colley’s invention is an archery bow that can be made at home using materials purchased from most hardware stores for less than twenty dollars. He also showed a modified version that cost about thirty dollars to make, but is considerably more powerful and durable. His creation was selected not just for ingenuity but for the amount of excitement it generated at the event. There were long lines as people of all ages waiting to try out the bow in a makeshift archery range.
“I have always wanted to make a bow, so invented my own. It functions like a traditional bow, but it gets its power from springs, instead of wood,” explains Colley. Many experienced archers and amateur bow makers visited his booth and provided feedback. They commented that Colley’s modified version was as powerful and effective as any traditional bow.
“I love to build,” said Colley. “I like to create new ways of doing things, and rethinking how they work. I recently found my passion for building, and am now embracing it whenever I can. Colley is considering majoring in industrial or product design in college, so he can pursue a career that embodies the maker spirit.