Save the Date–Third Annual Cape Cod Mini Maker Faire

The  third annual Cape Cod Mini Maker Faire will take place on Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Mashpee Middle-High School.  The Cape Cod Mini Maker Faire is a family-friendly celebration of creativity, innovation and the DIY spirit!  You don’t want to miss this event, so check back here for more information as it becomes available.  Let’s celebrate the Maker in all of us!


Meet the Makers: Mashpee High School

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

Meet the Maker: Kim Rumberger

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!

Meet the Makers: CCCC Engineering


Arduino-Based Rover Robot by Hal Brown

We are very happy to welcome back the CCCC Engineering department to the Cape Cod Mini Maker Faire.    Engineering Professor Rick Bsharah and his students will be demonstrating projects with topics ranging from 3D printing to robotics to electronics.


DIY 3D Printer by Hal Brown

The CCCC Engineering program offers certificates in engineering technology, engineering product design, robotics and manufacturing automation, green engineering, and engineering innovation and entrepreneurship.

One popular course has been ENR 102, 3D Mechanical Design 1, an introductory course for students interested in exploring careers as engineers, architects, and designers.  In the course, principles associated with 3D design, visualization, documentation, and product simulation are taught through hands-on use of SolidWorks Computer Aided Design (CAD) modeling software. Then, student-designed parts are fabricated in a 3D printer, giving them insights into the design-to-manufacturing process.

Building a mechanical hand is the final project for the course.    The designs created could be the basis of low-cost alternatives to prosthetic hands that normally cost tens of thousands of dollars.  Inspiring!

The Cape Cod Mini Maker Faire is Almost Here!

When: Saturday May 30th from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Where: Cape Cod Community College gymnasium.  Please park in lots 8 – 10.

Here is a link to the Campus Map

Register for this free event on Eventbrite.

New this year–food trucks!   Olde C Dogs and Cape Cod Cannolis will be on-site offering delicious food for attendees!

CCMMF flyer 2015




Meet the Maker: Jen Pitta

This “Meet the Maker” interview was written by guest blogger Breanna Gustafson, a student at Bridgewater State University and a graduate of Cape Cod Community College and Plymouth South High School.

Do you ever hear the saying “Do what you love, love what you do?” Local paper crafter Jen Pitta of By the Shore Stamping is doing just that.  Jen is no stranger to the art of paper crafting.   Jen specializes in creating her own hand-stamped greeting cards and scrapbook pages. She has also created shadow boxes, home décor such as framed prints, banners, and stamped tile coasters.

“My creations are really only limited by imagination!”  said Jen.  With just a little bit of creativity, the opportunities are endless.  Jen has a long history with paper art.  Ffifteen years ago Jen began scrapbooking after attending a home party teaching the idea.  “I’ve always had a love for paper, pens, and coloring. Once I was introduced to pairing my love of paper with my love of telling stories, it seemed like a no-brainer for me,” said Jen.  It was shortly after Jen began scrapbooking that she discovered rubber stamping and began making her own greeting cards as well.

About nine years ago Jen decided that she wanted to make hand-stamped invitations to her wedding. Jen made 135 hand stamped, embossed and scored invitations along with Save the Date reminders, a rehearsal dinner invitation and created six different thank you card designs for after the wedding. “Once I completed that monumental task I was having so much fun that I started offering classes and now nine years later I’m still having so much fun!” said Jen.

Jen`s exhibit at the Maker Faire will have a large assortment of samples of her work including cards, scrapbooking, and some of her home décor pieces. She is planning on demonstrating a variety of different stamping techniques throughout the day.

“One of the biggest objections I hear from people that see my work is, “Oh, I am not creative at all.  I must take a moment to dispel the myth of needing to be “crafty” to enjoy this. While I have always been a bit crafty myself, I have known so many people that didn’t think of themselves as being crafty who now love rubber stamping and scrapbooking,” said Jen.

Attendees of the 2015 Cape Cod Mini Maker Faire are encouraged to stop by Jen’s booth!

Meet the Makers: Barnstable Amateur Radio Club

ham radioAmateur or “Ham” Radio is a popular hobby and service in which licensed Amateur Radio operators (hams) operate communications equipment. Although Amateur Radio operators get involved for many reasons, they all have in common a basic knowledge of radio technology and operating principles, and pass an examination for the FCC license to operate on radio frequencies known as the “Amateur Bands.” These bands are radio frequencies reserved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for use by ham radio operators.

Amateur Radio has many aspects. One can explore electronics, antenna design, software, digital communications, emergency preparedness, satellites, weather-spotting, competitive operating, world-wide “DX-ing”, or just use ham radio as a powerful communications tool, especially when widespread disasters strike. Emergency responding agencies depend on their communications network when all else has failed.

The Barnstable Amateur Radio Club is an active group with activities throughout the year.  They participate in the American Radio Relay League field day, the Boy Scouts of America’s Jamboree-on-the-Air, and Amateur Radio Direction Finding, which is a racing sport that combines radio direction finding with the map and compass skills of orienteering. It is a timed race in which individual competitors use a topographic map, a magnetic compass and radio direction finding apparatus to navigate through diverse wooded terrain while searching for radio transmitters.

Feel free to stop by on Saturday and say hello to the hams.  They’ll be the guys with the antenna!


Underwater ROVs

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!


Meet the Makers: Scott Anderson

Copy of IMG_0054We’re really happy that Scott Anderson can join us at the Maker Faire.   Scott Anderson was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, and raised in North Berwick, a small seaside town 25 miles east of Edinburgh.

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 of Throwing.

Scott will be demonstrating the craft of clay wheel throwing and will answer any questions that you might have.  There will even be an opportunity for hands-on participation.  Fun!

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Meet the Makers: Framingham Makerspace

How do you foster a culture of innovation, collaboration, and entrepreneurship? How do you attract and retain talent in your local workforce? Incubators, accelerators, makerspaces, and coworking: these collaborative workspaces provide valuable resources to potential startups in the rapidly growing innovation ecosystem.

We are so pleased that members of the Framingham Makerspace will be joining us to share some of their experiences getting their brand-new space up and running. Their space contains equipment ranging from a glass grinder, to 3D printers, to electronics equipment, to sewing machines, to metalworking and woodworking equipment. They even have a welding shop!  For more information about the new space, check out this article.

Makerspaces have been described as “evolving hotbeds of innovation.” With access to space, tools, classes, and experts, these collaborative workspaces allow anyone to take ideas from concept to reality. We wish the Framingham Makers continued success as they move forward!