The First-Ever Cape Cod Mini Maker Faire Celebrates Invention, Creativity, and Community

CapeCod_MMF_logos_logoSave the Date!  Cape Cod Makers, Inc. proudly presents the Cape Cod Mini Maker Faire, a festival featuring innovative projects created by inventors, tech enthusiasts, hobbyists, crafters, artists, and DIYers of all kinds.  This event will take place on Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Cape Cod Community College.

This free, family-friendly event will showcase the talent and creativity of local maker culture and feature a great lineup of over 40 makers and maker groups.   A few of the projects include:

  • 3D Printing demonstrations
  • Natural homebuilding
  • Steampunk arcade games
  • Handcrafted surfboards
  • Arduino and Raspberry Pi
  • Robots
  • Hacked toys
  • Homebrewing
  • Duct tape kayaks
  • Experimental aircraft
  • Ham radio
  • Learn to solder

For more information, email info@capecodmakerfaire.com.  You can also follow the Cape Cod Mini Maker Faire on the web at www.capecodmakerfaire.com, at Facebook.com/capecodmakerfaire, or on Twitter @ccmakerfaire.

 

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Representing the maker movement in Truro

The Truro Public Library has plans to turn some of their extra space into a makerspace for library patrons. Saturday afternoon, library director Tricia Ford and youth services librarian Maggie Hanelt hosted a meeting to introduce interested members of the community to the maker movement and discover what people are looking to put into, and get out of, their makerspace. Cape Cod Makers was invited to help guide the discussion and give an overview of what’s happening with makerspaces worldwide and here on Cape Cod.

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Banana piano, ShopBot plaque, and pile of tiny robots

We set up a few visual and hands-on examples of what local makers are doing, including SCIL‘s catapult kits, Sam’s motion-activated skull from his Halloween mechatronics class, and the now-classic MaKey MaKey banana piano.

 

Chris's Printrbot attracts a crowd

Chris’s Printrbot attracts a crowd

We were fortunate enough to be joined by Chris the Carpenter, an innovator from Eastham who makes his living creating robot kits (and kitchen cabinets) and spends his free time doing just about everything else. His infectious enthusiasm and exciting toys caught the interest of the attendees and were great examples of what kind of creations can come out of a makerspace.

 

Mary speaking to a (nearly) packed house

Mary speaking to a (nearly) packed house

A brief presentation introducing the maker movement and giving details about local developments was followed by a discussion of everything from the potential benefits a Truro makerspace could have for local residents, to the cooperative efforts that can be undertaken by individuals before a physical space materializes (such as swapping tools at a central location and combining hardware needs to save shipping costs), to the difference between an Arduino and a Raspberry Pi. Eventually, the lights came back up and discussion groups broke off, encompassing people’s current projects and some more show-and-tell  and a handful of Chris’s little robots zipping around underfoot.

 

Productive, long-term business partnerships begin with people standing in a circle

Productive, long-term business partnerships begin with people standing in a circle

The library organizers walked away with a pile of contact information and a lot of ideas for what their space can, should, and will do. The community members walked away with a greater awareness of the potential benefits a local makerspace can have, and some with new friends and plans to start collaborating. And the Cape Cod Makers walked away thinking this could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship…

Stay tuned for more updates about our friends in Truro as they progress. If you’re interested in joining their efforts, contact Maggie or Tricia to see how you can help!

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Call for Makers is Open!

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The Cape Cod Mini Maker Faire will showcase the amazing work of all kinds of makers on the Cape and the Islands—anyone who is embracing the do-it-yourself (or do-it-together) spirit and wants to share their accomplishments with an appreciative audience.

When: April 26, 2014, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Where: Cape Cod Community College 

The Cape Cod Mini Maker Faire is offering the following options for makers:

  • Maker booth or exhibit – an exhibit space to display your project(s)
  • Commercial maker booth – primarily a sales booth
  • Workshop or presentation – a scheduled workshop or presentation
  • Exhibiting sponsor – companies or commercial entities

We particularly encourage exhibits that are interactive and that highlight the process of making things.

Here are just some of the topics that we’re looking for:

  • 3D Printers and CNC Mills
  • Arduino/Raspberry Pi projects
  • Bicycles
  • Biology/Biotech and Chemistry projects
  • Boat building
  • Conductive materials projects
  • Drones
  • Electric Vehicles
  • Electronics
  • Experimental Aircraft
  • Food Makers
  • Glass Blowing
  • High Altitude Balloons
  • Homesteading
  • How to Fix Things or Take them Apart (Vacuums, Clocks, Washing Machines, etc.)
  • Interactive art projects
  • Jewelry
  • Kites
  • Metalworking
  • Music Instruments
  • Puppets
  • Radios, Vintage Computers and Game Systems
  • Robotics
  • Rockets and RC Toys
  • Shelter (Tents, Domes, etc.)
  • Space projects
  • Steampunk
  • Student Projects
  • Sustainability/Green Tech
  • Textile Arts and Crafts
  • Underwater technology (e.g. Open ROVs)
  • Unusual Tools or Machines

There is no cost to exhibit at the Faire unless you have creations you will sell to the public.   If so, you are considered a Commercial Maker and will be charged a $100 fee to participate.

The Call for Makers will be open until March 16th and applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.  You can apply online using this form. We’re looking for a wide range of topics, so participation is not guaranteed.

Aspiring makers are encouraged to follow Cape Cod Mini Maker Faire on Twitter, via our Maker Faire Facebook feed, and on Google Plus to keep up with the latest news on makers and Maker Faire.

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