The Cape Cod Mini Maker Faire was a big success with the largest turnout yet!  We had almost 1400 participants at the event.   We’d like to take this opportunity to thank our volunteers, organizing team members, our host Mashpee High School, their great student volunteers and especially our maker exhibitors.

Also, we’d like to extend a big thank you to our sponsors who made this all possible:  Botello Lumber, Cape Cod Five, Workforce Investment Board, Cape Cod Community Media Center, Cape Cod Technology Council, PTC, Griffin Avionics, Solar City, Waldorf School, Integrata Architecture, and Bridgewater State University.

We’ll see you next year!

 

 

 

 

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One of the greatest things about the Maker Faire is that it focuses on the best that our community has to offer.  And contrary to what you might see when you watch TV or read the news, there are lots of smart, capable, and creative teenagers and young adults in our midst.  We’re fortunate to have some of them exhibiting their projects at this year’s Maker Faire.

Let’s focus on the positive by supporting and encouraging these young people, who are excellent role models for their peers.   Stop by their tables at the Maker Faire, learn about their projects, and be inspired by their enthusiasm!

Here’s just a sample of exhibits:

  • Jared’s Mars Robot–Jared integrated ultra-sonic, range-finding sensors and a digital compass to an Arduino microcontroller in order to provide his robot with the ability to autonomously navigate a Martian surface.
  • Michael and Cameron’s Arduino Weather StationThe Arduino Weather Station is a group of Arduino boards that can have sensors attached to collect weather data. It is battery-operated, a good class project, and it doesn’t cost much money to build. It would be mounted on a pole, where it is left to record data.
  • S.O.’s Special Effects Makeup–As a self-taught special effects (FX) makeup artist, S.O. has been using her creativity and passion for the performing arts to bring characters to life for years. Her artistry and talents have been recognized by local community members as well as social media.  She notes that makeup services are available for hire. This includes on stage productions, birthday parties, Halloween outings, special events, or even just scaring your parents!
  • Ciara’s ShopBot Projects–Ciara  works with a ShopBot CNC machine, laser engraver, lathe, and many computer programs to make her creations. She looks to Pinterest and woodworking magazines for most of her inspirations. After college, she hopes to buy a ShopBot and continue making amazing woodworking projects to sell.
  • Brooks Free Library Middle School Makers’ Foam-Based Cloud-Printing Machine
  • Mashpee Environmental Club’s Bird Boxes–Students are expanding their use of bird boxes to help control the occurrence of biting insects around recreational fields. At the Maker Faire, you can help them construct boxes or sponsor a box to help them cover the costs of construction material.

 

 

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!

 

We’re really happy to welcome HereLab to the Maker Faire!  HereLab is a nonprofit organization establishing an Island-wide, community-led, open LoRa network on Martha’s Vineyard.

In addition to network development, they have installed gateways and initiated collaboration with the West Tisbury School to teach the fundamentals — “from wire to app” — of temperature sensors development and deployment. They are working with 4 teachers at MV Regional High School on maker/physical science and environmental applications of LoRa sensors. In addition, they are working with representatives from the town of Vineyard Haven to establish a “Low Key Smart Town”, and they are working with a Falmouth aquafarmer to begin trials for realtime water quality data monitoring.  By the time of the Faire, they will have realtime data and visualizations of that data from these projects.

Stop by HereLab’s table at the Faire to learn about the technology and the value and application of open data and community-led LoRa networks.

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Mechanalog is a music project that mixes acoustic and electronic instruments. Over the last few years, Shawn Malcomson has been making as many of my instruments as he can in order to save money and add instruments that can’t be found in local stores. More recently he has been making instruments with his kids in order to teach them the basics of sound production and to involve them in exploring sound and music.

Check out these videos of Shawn “messing around with some grooves!”

 

We are delighted to welcome Hyannis-based architect Mary-Ann Agresti to this year’s Maker Faire.  Mary-Ann will be exhibiting an 18-foot wide dome made of cardboard segments, which is compact enough that it can fold to fit in your car, but large enough to accommodate 15 people.

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Mary-Ann and her colleague Jan Ham are launching a program to enable children to participate in real-world design projects for their local community.  They have received a grant from the Boston Society of Architects to create “Community Studios:  K-12 Design Education for the Cape and Islands.” This STEAM-based program will consist of a series of hands-on, site-specific workshops in which children will use the design process to explore local architecture and landscapes, sketch, draw and build as they develop design ideas for real-world community projects (e.g. parks, playgrounds, community centers), solve design challenges and share their ideas with the community.  They’ll do this while working alongside architects and building professionals and meeting with planners and community leaders.

What a terrific way to give young people a voice in their local community, and this really embodies the spirit of the Maker Faire.  Please stop by Mary-Ann’s table at the Maker Faire with any questions that you might have about architecture and sustainable design.

 

 

 

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A Used Clothing Upcycle Reuse Event

It’s easy to make the move from consumer to creator – and it’s fun. At this Swap-O-Rama-Rama you’ll find a host of talent brought together to teach you how to transform your new/used duds into works of your own.

When you attend the swap bring at least one bag of your unwanted clothing. Every swap begins with a giant collective pile of clothing, the unwanted clothing of all who attend. Everyone is welcome to dive in and find their next new/used items from the pile. Take as little or as much clothing from this pile as you like–it’s all free.

After folks choose their new clothes they slide on over to one of the sewing stations and attend a workshop and learn to make modifications to  transform their finds.

Volunteers wanted!

If you have a unique skill that transforms would-be trash into a wearable item (clothing/jewelry/handbag), please consider volunteering at the Cape Cod Swap-O-Rama-Rama.

  • Sewing (by machine or hand)
  • Silk screening
  • Stenciling
  • Embroidery
  • Beading
  • Fixing and repairing clothes

For more information or to volunteer, please email swapocape@gmail.com.

We’d like to extend a sincere thank you to Cape Cod Five for CC5OVALLogo302Largesupporting us for the third  year. Cape Cod Five is a tremendous force for good in the community, strengthening the social and economic well-being of the community that it serves. The Bank generously supports events and activities in the areas of arts and culture, conservation and environment, health and elder services, youth and education, and human need and economic development.   They also have generously funded a program of  mini-grants for teachers. We are truly grateful for the support of Cape Cod Five.

We are delighted that Mashpee High School’s Technology Department will be returning to the Cape Cod Mini Maker Faire.     Mashpee High School has made a name for itself as a leader in technology education here on the Cape, with students working on complex projects using professional-level software and equipment.

This year, faculty and students will be presenting their augmented reality projects.   Augmented reality (AR) blurs the line between what’s real and what’s computer generated by overlaying digitally-created information onto the real- world environment. AR has enormous potential in a variety of fields.     For example, in the travel industry, visitors to a city might wear video-glasses and earphones which use augmented reality to recreate historical events and help them understand the origins of a particular landmark or cultural site.    In healthcare, AR medical applications are already being developed that allow students to have a better understanding of the human body and how it functions by overlaying digital information in the form of video, audio or 3D models onto the human body.  The military is developing a Google-Glass-like augmented reality system designed for the battlefield which allows commanders to send maps and other information directly into the soldier’s field of vision.

The students have been working on some amazing augmented reality projects.  Check out the video below where students demonstrate their AR projects.

Not only will students be demonstrating their AR projects, they will be showing the cribbage board projects that they’ve designed and are selling in Mashpee Commons.  According to this press release in the Cape and Plymouth Business Magazine, this partnership will allow “students [to] have a first-hand look at how local, hand-made, innovative products are marketed and sold on Cape Cod.”

It is truly inspiring to see what innovative faculty and engaged students can accomplish together!  To learn more about this amazing program, visit http://www.mashpeetech.com/

Cape Cod artist Kim Rumberger creates one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted jewelry pieces using a variety of materials including silver, crystal, bone, pewter, glass and Greek clay beads, semi-precious stones, leather and hand poured resin.   Most clasps and embellishments are hand-crafted from precious metal clay and then kiln fired, resulting in 99.9% pure silver (fine silver), which rarely tarnishes.

What is precious metal clay?  According to the Society of American Silversmiths, “Precious metal clay consists of microscopic particles of silver or gold suspended in an organic binder to create a pliable material with a consistency similar to modeling clay. Precious metal clay can be worked with the fingers and simple inexpensive tools to create a vast range of forms and surfaces that would be unattainable or laborious with traditional techniques.  When heated to a high temperature, the binder burns away and the metal particles fuse to form solid metal…After firing, the object can be handled like any other gold or silver item. It can be soldered, burnished, buffed, tumbled, plated, etc. to achieve whatever finish you want.”

Kim will be doing live demonstrations throughout the day.  She’ll show how to shape and texture the clay, and then fire it with a small butane torch to create a  beautiful and unique finished product.      If 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!

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