Maker Shenzhen Interview: Qin Shiyun, Shenzhen
Qin is the youngest maker we met in China. This crafty 12 year old designed a robot that sweeps floors, and another that mimics a penguin’s walk. These were originally part of a class project, but she continued building and improving them. She likes the fact that Maker Faires are both adult- and children-friendly. Seeing all the projects helps her think more creatively and gives her ideas for new designs. She thinks Shenzhen’s proximity to Hong Kong makes it a great location for Maker Faire because there’s a good mix of Chinese and foreign ideas.
What did you bring to MF today?
I’ve designed two robots, one that sweeps floors and another that mimics the movements of a penguin.
How long have you been working on them?
A couple of months.
What do you like the most about your projects?
I’m enrolled in some electronics and robotics courses. I like being able to take the knowledge form my classes and do funny things. These robots started as class projects and now I’m making more of them for fun.
Have you ever been to a MF before?
This is my first MF.
What do you think so far?
I’m having a very good time. I like that it’s for both kids and grownups. It’s helping me to think creatively, I’m getting a lot of inspiration for new projects. I’d love to come back next year and bring some new creations.
What do you think about China having its own MFs?
I think it’s very important that it keeps happening. People with different skills can come together and learn from each other.
Is there anything about Shenzhen that makes it a good place to have the first Chinese MF?
It borders Hong Kong, and that helps to make it a good mix of Chinese and foreign ideas
What will your next project be?
I guess that depends on what I learn next in my classes!