Meet the Maker: Alex Russo

IMG_6628We are very happy that Alex Russo will be returning this year exhibiting his duct tape kayak at the Cape Cod Mini Maker Faire.  He made the Maker Faire Greatest Hits for 2014! (1:55 on the video below)  Inspired by an episode of the TV show Mythbusters, Alex says, “This is a unique re-purposing of household materials to construct a functional watercraft. Using only PVC piping and duct tape, this project demonstrates how one can construct a low-cost, 10-foot kayak with simple materials. Employing boat-building, engineering, and artistic innovation are all necessary in constructing your own duct tape kayak!”

In the summer of 2012, Alex and several friends created the Duct Tape Kayak Project as a fun and innovative way to raise money for charity.   They’ve demonstrated their duct tape kayaks at events such as the Plymouth Waterfront Festival and the Run of the Charles Canoe and Kayak Race, and this past year they donated 100% of their fundraising totals to the Massachusetts Chapter of Heroes on the Water.  Heroes on the Water is a grass-roots organization that takes wounded vets on guided kayak-fishing excursions as a way for them to relax, rehabilitate and reintegrate into society.

So we’d like to say thank you to Alex and the rest of your team for all you are doing to support such a worthy cause.   We’ll see you—and your kayak—at the Faire!

Greatest show and tell on Cape Cod!

Participate in the greatest show and tell on Cape Cod!
The Cape Cod Mini Maker Faire is coming back for 2015! If you have project or skill you want to share, consider exhibiting at the Cape Cod Mini Maker Faire.   Apply here! 
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Here are examples of possible exhibit topics:
  • 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
  • Musical 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

Call for Makers

Do you have an interesting project or maker skill you want to share? Apply to the Cape Cod Mini Maker Faire.   We have accepted our first group of Makers and the Call for Makers is off to a great start!!


Thank You Sponsors!

New CCCC Logo CMYK ONLYWe are excited to be back at Cape Cod Community College for a second year!   The College staff has been wonderful to work with, and in addition, the College has many initiatives that support collaboration and innovation, making it a perfect host for this event. Thank you to CCCC for helping to make this event possible. We want to also thank the Cape Cod Community College Educational Foundation for a second year of support for this community event.

55-original-AFCC_colorThank you so much to the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod for a second year of support. The AFCC is the regional arts agency for Barnstable County, committed to strengthening and promoting Cape Cod’s arts and cultural industry throughout the year.     We attended the grant reception at the Cape Cod Media Center in Dennisport in November, and were amazed by the range of projects covered. You can visit their website to stay informed about the latest in arts and cultural events on Cape Cod. You can subscribe to their e-newsletter, become a volunteer, and find a new play, concert or exhibit to attend.   There are opportunities to donate or become a member of this excellent organization.

CC5OVALLogo302LargeWe’d like to extend a sincere thank you to Cape Cod Five, who is also supporting us for the second 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 educational mini-grants for teachers.  We are truly grateful for the support of Cape Cod Five.

mccThis was the first year that we applied for a grant from the Mid-Cape Cultural Council, and we were so happy to learn that they have supported the Maker Faire! The Mid-Cape Cultural Council is a local agency that is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. The MCC promotes and supports the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences to benefit people in the towns of Barnstable and Yarmouth. They support programs that build awareness of local heritage, natural resources, and the arts including field trips, public art, festivals and concerts. They also received a special honor last year in that they were named the 2014 Council of the Year by the Massachusetts Cultural Council!   We appreciate their support!

cctcLast, but not least, the Cape Cod Technology Council has been a wonderful advocate of Cape Cod Makers and the Maker Faire. Council President Paula Hersey and her team work tirelessly to promote many activities and programs related to technology and innovation on Cape Cod. Become a member to meet other people in the technology community and to become involved in the issues that affect the Cape.

Please consider supporting these organizations and the good work that they do on Cape Cod!

Seeking Sponsors!

The Cape Cod Mini Maker Faire is a free, all-ages event featuring community members of all types who come together to display their ideas, projects, and inventions. This year we’re planning for about 65 exhibitors (up from 45 last year) and over 1,500 attendees (up from just over 800 last year).   We’d also like to offer outside exhibit space.

We are seeking sponsors to help make this happen. Your support will pay for components and tools for hands-on activities, tents, table rentals, signage, and all the other things that makers need to show off their creations.  Sponsoring the Cape Cod Mini Maker Faire is a unique opportunity to support Cape Cod’s burgeoning creativity and innovation movement. Sponsors receive not only recognition for supporting the event, but also association with a growing group of people interested in creativity, art, technology, sustainability, science and engineering.

Attendee Profiles

  • Families who enjoy activities they can do together
  • Professionals involved in the community
  • Parents looking for enrichment opportunities for kids
  • Entrepreneurs searching for helpful services
  • Children who engage in educational experiences
  • Tourists making daytrips or overnight excursions
  • Makers, inventors, hobbyists and educational leaders

For more information, please click on the sponsorship link. You can also contact us at 508-827-1564 or at

Save the Date!

CCM MapThe second annual Cape Cod Mini Maker Faire will take place on Saturday, May 30, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Cape Cod Community College.  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!

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!

Thank you!

The first-ever Cape Cod Mini Maker Faire was a big success!  Despite the weather, we had over 800 participants at the event.   We’d like to take this opportunity to thank our sponsors, volunteers, organizing team, and exhibitors.   It was amazing!

Meet the Makers: Zev Eisenberg

Do you have boxes upon of old business cards that you just can’t bear to throw out? Maybe you got hundres of fancy new cards with thick paper and embossed type, only to use ten or fifteen of them? Bring them to the Cape Cod Mini Maker Faire and learn how to turn them into one-of-a-kind sculptures!

I’m Zev Eisenberg, a maker and app developer from Maine, now living in Boston. I learned this simple method of linking six business cards into a cube when I attended an origami convention in Charlotte, NC as a child. You can join the cubes together without glue or tape, and sculpt them into any shape you want. It’s like Minecraft for the real world.

While tending the Cape Cod Makers booth at the Maker Faire in New York last year, I worked with other makers to build a replica of the Make Magazine robotic mascot* out of 1,308 business cards:
Robot built out of 1,308 business cards.

I will have business cards available at the Cape Cod Mini Maker Faire, but the real fun is in repurposing your own old cards to make something new. I can teach you the basics, and then I encourage you to go home and build something amazing. It’s a perfect activity for the whole family. I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

Visit the project page for more information and instructions on how to DIY:

I will also be exhibiting my Video Camera Juggling Clubs. Not recommended if you get dizzy easily!

* I am not affiliated with Make Magazine. Their robot seemed like a fun project at the time, but was probably not the wisest choice.

The Cape Cod Mini Maker Faire is Almost Here!

When: Saturday April 26 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Where: Cape Cod Community College gymnasium

Campus Map  Please park in lots 1 – 9.

Register for this free event on Eventbrite.





Meet the Makers: Shawn Vecchione of Vec Surfboards

Have you ever wanted to learn to shape your own surfboard?  We are delighted that Shawn Vecchione, expert surfer and master surfboard shaper, will be joining us at the Faire.   He is the owner of Vec Surfboards in Orleans, which includes an onsite shaping room where he helps surfers design and create custom boards by choosing the style, design, and custom graphics.    His boards vary depending on where the fins are placed, the size of the waves that will be surfed, and the height and the gender of the surfer.

Shawn is dedicated to sharing the art of hand-shaping with the next generation of surfers.   At the Faire, Shawn will demonstrate shaping techniques and answer any questions that you might have about surfing, including what you need to do to surf on Cape Cod through the invigorating winter months when the waves are high.  (Our guess:  wetsuit + layers + a whole lot of grit!)