Rhode Island Mini Maker Faire

Yesterday, a delegation from Cape Cod Makers trekked down to Providence to exhibit at the Rhode Island Mini Maker Faire. Armed with a shiny new table banner, some conductive homemade playdough for Squishy Circuits, and materials for lots and lots of Tapetricity clothespin crafts, our mission was to get people building and thinking – and hopefully considering how wonderful it would be to have a makerspace on Cape Cod!

Our new banner was almost always obscured by people gathered around the table - an excellent problem to have!

Our new banner was almost always obscured by people gathered around the table – an excellent problem to have!

 

Everybody loved getting a little bit messy with the squishy circuits, building glowing creations out of your standard homemade playdough.

 

The reddish dough conducts, the greenish dough insulates, and all of it squishes.

The reddish dough conducts, the greenish dough insulates, and all of it squishes.

 

Who knew so many of your favorite toys could be used to make electrical circuits?

Who knew so many of your favorite toys could be used to make electrical circuits?

 

Mad-scientist-in-training bringing his creation to life.

Mad-scientist-in-training bringing his creation to life.

 

Also popular, but harder to get a picture of, was the Tapetricity clothespin activity, which will be familiar to anyone who attended last week’s “Creating with Electricity 2” workshop. Kids (and quite a few adults!) got to make their very own electrical circuit with built-in switch using a clothespin, some foil tape, a coin cell battery, two strands of wire (we used disassembled Cat-5 network cable), and an LED.

A small forest of LED clothespins at the Creating with Electricity workshop

A small forest of LED clothespins at the Creating with Electricity workshop

A great introduction to basic circuit principles, some troubleshooting opportunities where foil tape overlapped or conducted through the clothespin spring, and something to work on for five minutes and then take home, all while thinking how wonderful it is that the Cape Cod Makers made this opportunity available: the perfect free make-and-take craft!

Nathan and Chris manning the hands-on activities.

Nathan and Chris manning the hands-on activities.

All in all, it was a great experience for the Cape Cod Makers, and we’d like to thank our fellow makers and the awesome staff at the faire, not to mention AS220, the Providence makerspace that made this all possible.

Next up: World Makerfaire NYC!

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