How many of you can say that you’ve survived a close encounter with a great white shark?  Well, to a REMUS autonomous underwater vehicle, it’s all in a day’s work.   In 2013, a team from the Oceanographic Systems Lab at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) took a specially equipped REMUS “SharkCam” underwater vehicle to Guadalupe Island in Mexico to film great white sharks in the wild. Watch this WHOI video to see what happened!

The REMUS AUV is manufactured right here on Cape Cod at Hydroid Corporation in Pocasset. From their website:  “Hydroid AUVs can dive to depths of 6,000 meters, explore shallow waters and hover in hazardous areas where navigation is difficult. These vehicles reduce the high cost of ocean exploration and sampling, while increasing the availability of scientific marine data.”

“Hydroid’s AUVs have been involved with undersea mine countermeasures that have helped save lives by eliminating human divers from mine fields and have helped solve plane and ship disaster mysteries, including locating Air France Flight 447 wreckage and generating 3D mapping of the Titanic. Their vehicles offer scientists a new view on pressing global issues including climate change, the world’s declining fish population and environmental disasters.”

We’re very pleased to welcome some of the members of the Hydroid team who work on this amazing technology.  They’ll be bringing prototypes of the REMUS and will be available to answer any questions that you might have about AUVs.  Cool!


0We’re happy to welcome back the Barony of Smoking Rocks, the Southeastern Massachusetts chapter of the International Society for Creative Anachronism.  Members recreate the medieval period from the year 600 to 1600. They do this in a myriad of ways from making the clothing and tools that would have been used in period to recreating fighting techniques and dance moves to playing music or making art that medieval cultures would recognize.  They’ll be back for a third year and will be showing off their handcrafted armor with mock combat demonstrations!

Ann Carpenter, a member of the Barony of Smoking Rocks, says, ”While dressed in clothing of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, you can experience tournaments, royal courts, feasts, and dancing. You also have the opportunity to learn and practice ancient arts and skills such as calligraphy, cooking, armoring, metalworking, carpentry, and fiber arts (to name just a few!) — within an all-ages social group.”

This looks like so much fun!  For more information, you can visit the website of the local chapter and also the national website.

highres_448004288There has been a lot going on at the Framingham Makerspace since they exhibited at last year’s Cape Cod Mini Maker Faire.  The Framingham Makerspace officially opened its doors to an enthusiastic public this past July and provides community, shared tools and a workspace which encourages and enables members to build their dreams while also being a resource to the community at large.

They’ve been offering some super-cool classes, including

  • Constructing a Hexayurt–a simplified disaster relief shelter
  • Building Boffer Weapons–padded mock weapons used for simulated handheld combat
  • Live Action Role Play Combat
  • Exploring Digital Luminescence–playing with LED’s and digital light projects
  • Code Together workshops—coding for all levels
  • Raspberry Pi/Python programming workshops
  • Introduction to Knitting
  • Repousse Metal Working
  • LED Toys for Fire Spinners

The Framingham Makerspace members have always brought a variety of fascinating projects, and we look forward to seeing them this year at the Maker Faire!


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Kim Rumberger is a local jewelry designer and instructor. Kim primarily works with precious metal clay, which is molded and sculpted, then fired in a kiln or with a small kitchen torch. The end result is fine (99.9% pure) silver or other base metal (e.g. copper, bronze) that are beautiful pieces of jewelry, alongside beads, gemstones and other materials. 

Screen Shot 2016-04-15 at 3.34.15 PMIf you’ve ever had the desire to make silver jewelry but didn’t know where to start, or if you’re a craftsperson that would like to create embellishments for pottery, textiles, paper, quilts, polymer, glass, or stamping, please stop by Kim’s table and learn the art of working with precious metal clay.  Kim will be doing live demonstrations throughout the day.

KiScreen Shot 2016-04-15 at 3.36.43 PMm offers classes at the Cape Cod Museum of Art and other locations, and she will also bring her mobile studio to your home for an evening or afternoon of jewelry making for small groups.

IMG_1089CNC (computer numerical control) machines can be used to make virtually anything you can imagine out of a variety of materials such as wood and metal.   They’re great for inventors, artists, and hobbyists to create perfect shapes and curves, as well as create objects that no one has made before.   But why buy a premade CNC machine when you can build one yourself?  That’s exactly what Bill has done.  He designed all of the plastic parts using Sketchup, Inventor Fusion, and Fusion 360, and then 3D printed the parts on a Prusa i3.  He sourced other parts on eBay, Amazon, and, and powers it with Arduino, Grbl, and Universal G-Code Sender.

You can do this too!  Stop by Bill’s table at the Maker Faire and he will be happy to explain how to get started.


10247812_884121388281744_907708036098958414_nWe are very happy to welcome the Barnstable Bat Company to this year’s Maker Faire.  Barnstable Bat Company is a local company based in Centerville and has been a maker of high-quality wooden baseball bats since 1992.    They make bats for all ages and skill levels including game play bats, softball, stickball, promotional and gift bats, and there are many models and colors from which to choose.

Also, they create the “Star Spangled Banner Bat” which is a baseball themed flag pole with the lyrics of the National Anthem engraved upon the bat.

Check out this great video created by Mashpee TV and Mashpee Middle/High School students featuring Tom Bednark, the founder of the Barnstable Bat Company.

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We’re really happy that Scott Anderson will join us again for this year’s Cape Cod Mini Maker Faire.  Scott is a visual artist with expert skills in ceramics.  He will have his potters wheel at the Maker Faire to demonstrate throwing techniques and invite visitors to “have a go” under his guidance.

Scott Anderson was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, and raised in North Berwick, a small seaside town 25 miles east of Edinburgh. He comes from a family of professional artists, who collectively manage Tantallon Studios.  He received his MFA in drawing and painting from the Edinburgh College of Art in 1999.  He has taught art and design since 2001 and is currently Associate Professor of Art and Design at Cape Cod Community College.

He co-authored A Visual Language; Elements of Design and edited The Basics ofThrowing.

11217595_945078585537169_4002621655751694603_oWe’d like to welcome “Irish Mike” of West Tisbury who will be giving a talk and answering your questions about making giant swords.  Mike has been making giant swords since 2003, and you might have seen him on the TV show “Big Giant Swords” or his YouTube channel.    Every sword is one-of-a-kind, inspired by history, fantasy, and of course, video games.

Here’s a great Capecast video showing Mike in action:

You can find more about Mike and his work on his YouTube channel and Facebook page.



Cape Cod is home to some of the world’s leading manufacturers of underwater vehicles.    These vehicles–both remotely operated and autonomous–perform tasks such as deep sea surveying and mapping, investigating shipwrecks, inspecting dams and tunnels, search and recovery operations, and tracking great white sharks.

At this year’s Cape Cod Mini Maker Faire, two innovative programs will be on display that are designed to inspire and train the next generation of scientists and engineers to work on these types of vehicles.

The National Marine Life Center will be demonstrating a SeaPerch ROV.   SeaPerch is an innovative underwater robotics program that is funded by the Office of Naval Research.  Students build a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) from a kit comprised of low-cost, easily accessible parts, following a curriculum that teaches basic engineering and science concepts with a marine engineering theme.

Technology/Engineering teacher David Breski and his students from Monomoy High School will be exhibiting the ROV that they are making for the Marine Advanced Technologies Education (MATE)  competition.  The MATE competition challenges K-12, community college, and university students from all over the world to design and build ROVs to tackle missions modeled after scenarios from the ocean workplace.  Here is a video  showing some highlights of the 2014 MATE International ROV Competition.



Are you a teacher who would be interested in learning more?  Consider attending this three-day workshop this summer right here on Cape Cod to get started.  Plans are in the works for a Cape-wide ROV competition next spring!


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