The 2016 Call for Makers is Open!

 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.

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When: April 30th, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Where: Mashpee Middle/High School

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, presentation or performance – a scheduled workshop or presentation. We will have access to a stage.
  • Exhibiting sponsor – companies or commercial entities (see sponsorship opportunities)

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
  • 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

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 $25 fee to participate.

The Call for Makers will be open until  March  19th and applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.   You can apply online usinthis form.   We’re looking for a wide range of topics, so participation is not guaranteed.

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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Meet The Maker – Miranda Davis of Mashpee High School

 

Cape Cod Five Sponsors the Cape Cod Mini Maker Faire!

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.

Bring DRAMA to the Cape Cod Mini Maker Faire!

Colortran_FresnelWe are looking for YOUR HELP to bring some interesting DRAMA and Theater elements to the 2016 Mini Maker Faire at Mashpee High School on April 30, 2016. There are two opportunities for local drama groups and theatre arts people to get involved:

1. Think about a booth/table area where drama-related “maker”concepts will be covered, for example: Costuming, Set Design, Makeup and Theatre Tech.

2. On Stage Activities: We have access to the Mashpee High School Performing Arts Center and can use the stage all day long.

From 11 – 3, we will have FIVE 45 min slots with 15 minutes for setup/breakdown between. These opportunities are open to any and all Cape theatre groups and/or individuals. No affiliation is needed. There is no cost to participate. There are sponsorship opportunities if you have something to advertise in the program. Please help us spread the word! The Arts are an important part of the maker movement!  Apply here.

Botello’s Event Sponsor for Cape Cod Mini Make Faire!!

botello_logo_fullBotello Lumber is well-known for its charitable work in the community, and we are proud to have Botello’s as the event sponsor for the 2016 Cape Cod Mini Maker Faire. It can be a  challenge to explain the concepts of Makers and Maker Faires but not for Botello’s.  They have been enabling Cape Codders to build and make for years!  They offer a full-service lumber yard with site repair service, a customized mill, contractor division, kitchen and bath showroom, hardware center complete with a paint and wallpaper shop, plus a state-of-the-art rental center filled with hundreds of tools.  Thank you, Botello’s, for supporting the Cape Cod Mini Maker Faire!

 

 

Cape Cod Robotics Competition

Cape CodIMG_20150519_153359023_HDR Makers will be hosting its first Robotics Competition at the 2016 Cape Cod Mini Maker Faire. This competition is designed to be accessible to people new to robotics, yet open-ended enough to allow experienced robotics developers a chance to show off their capabilities. Anyone is invited to participate with competitors broken into three leagues: Open League, Experienced Student League, and Novice Student League.  You are also welcome just to stop by and show off your robotic creation to an appreciative audience. Stay tuned, as more details are on the way! If you are interested in participating or helping as a judge or advisor with this event, please contact us at info@capecodmakers.org.

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 http://www.mashpeetech.com/

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

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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.

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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!