The Cape Cod Mini Maker Faire was a big success with the largest turnout yet! We had almost 1400 participants at the event. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank our volunteers, organizing team members, our host Mashpee High School, their great student volunteers and especially our maker exhibitors.
Also, we’d like to extend a big thank you to our sponsors who made this all possible: Botello Lumber, Cape Cod Five, Workforce Investment Board, Cape Cod Community Media Center, Cape Cod Technology Council, PTC, Griffin Avionics, Solar City, Waldorf School, Integrata Architecture, and Bridgewater State University.
We’ll see you next year!
The stage is set and the robot showdown starts this Saturday, 10:30 a.m. at the Cape Cod Mini Maker Faire. Come see 16 teams compete to see who has the top bot on the Cape! The competition involves having robots navigate an obstacle course and collect score cubes. There will also be prizes for the most innovative design, best aesthetics, and best re-purposing of found parts.
Here’s the lineup:
We would like to express our sincere thanks to Jesse Craig who organized the robotics competition. We truly appreciate all of the work that he’s done to make this a successful event!
Read more about the competition in this article from the Mashpee Enterprise.
Aspiring fashion designer Emily M. with a hobo bag created from a retro t-shirt
We’re all bombarded by advertisements telling us to follow the latest trends and buy the latest fashions, but there is a much more affordable, environmentally-friendly way to create your own look. Learn how to transform old clothes into fabulous fashions at the Cape Cod Swap-O-Rama-Rama! When you attend the swap, bring at least one bag of your unwanted clothing to add to a giant collective pile of clothing, the unwanted clothing of all who attend. Then dive in and find your next new/used items from the pile. Take as little or as much clothing from this pile as you like–it’s all free.
After you choose your clothes, sit down at one of the sewing machines and learn to make modifications to transform your finds. No sewing experience is required! The Swap-o-Rama-Rama team is ready to help you create something fabulous and one-of-a-kind!
Crafting aprons from pairs of jeans with optional ruffle
How many of you can say that you’ve survived a close encounter with a great white shark? Well, to a REMUS autonomous underwater vehicle, it’s all in a day’s work. In 2013, a team from the Oceanographic Systems Lab at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) took a specially equipped REMUS “SharkCam” underwater vehicle to Guadalupe Island in Mexico to film great white sharks in the wild. Watch this WHOI video to see what happened!
The REMUS AUV is manufactured right here on Cape Cod at Hydroid Corporation in Pocasset. From their website: “Hydroid AUVs can dive to depths of 6,000 meters, explore shallow waters and hover in hazardous areas where navigation is difficult. These vehicles reduce the high cost of ocean exploration and sampling, while increasing the availability of scientific marine data.”
“Hydroid’s AUVs have been involved with undersea mine countermeasures that have helped save lives by eliminating human divers from mine fields and have helped solve plane and ship disaster mysteries, including locating Air France Flight 447 wreckage and generating 3D mapping of the Titanic. Their vehicles offer scientists a new view on pressing global issues including climate change, the world’s declining fish population and environmental disasters.”
We’re very pleased to welcome some of the members of the Hydroid team who work on this amazing technology. They’ll be bringing prototypes of the REMUS and will be available to answer any questions that you might have about AUVs. Cool!
This year’s Cape Cod Mini Maker Faire has so many new and fun things, including ukulele music! We’re very happy to welcome Steve Gregory and his Ukulele Orchestra, who will be entertaining us with some decidedly non-Hawaiian tunes such as “With A Little Help from My Friends,” “Proud Mary,” and “I’ll Fly Away.”
The ukulele is easy-to-learn and affordable, so it’s a great instrument to get started on at any age, even if you have no musical experience. It is also a very sociable instrument–playing ukulele is a great way to meet people, get together, play and sing songs. So how can you learn to play? Steve teaches ukulele at his music studio in Sandwich, and he also teaches introductory and intermediate ukulele classes at the Cotuit Center for the Arts. And the folks who take his classes are some of the nicest, friendliest, and most welcoming people that you’ll ever meet!
Here’s a great video of the Ukulele Orchestra playing “Love Shack” at last fall’s Ukulele Fest.
This will be so much fun!
You can catch Steve Gregory and his Ukulele Orchestra at some upcoming events at the West Falmouth Library on 5/1 at 4:00 p.m. and the Spring on Main Festival in Hyannis on 5/14 at 1:30 p.m. on the Village Green.
When: Saturday, April 30th from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Where: Mashpee High School
Here is a link to the Campus Map
Register for this free event on Eventbrite.
New this year Maker Performances and Talks!
11 a.m. Cotuit Center for the Arts Performance: Choreographed by Pam Wills Contemporary dance number to “Uptown Funk”.
11:15 a.m. Cotuit Center for the Arts Performance with resident artist and core faculty member, Sam Holmstock.
11:30 a.m. Falmouth Theatre Guild – performances of various music theater selections for the stage.
12:30 p.m Shawn Malcomson demonstrating a keyboard synthesizer.
1:00 p.m. “Irish Mike” Craughwell – will be giving a talk and answering your questions about making giant swords. Mike has been making giant swords since 2003, and you might have seen him on the TV show “Big Giant Swords” or hisYouTube channel. Every sword is one-of-a-kind, inspired by history, fantasy, and of course, video games.
2:00 p.m. New Classics Company – 45-minute improv show of comedy games that involve audience members making suggestions to our performers.
3:00 p.m. Barony of Smoking Rocks – Medieval dances and combat demonstrations.
We’re happy to welcome back the Barony of Smoking Rocks, the Southeastern Massachusetts chapter of the International Society for Creative Anachronism. Members recreate the medieval period from the year 600 to 1600. They do this in a myriad of ways from making the clothing and tools that would have been used in period to recreating fighting techniques and dance moves to playing music or making art that medieval cultures would recognize. They’ll be back for a third year and will be showing off their handcrafted armor with mock combat demonstrations!
Ann Carpenter, a member of the Barony of Smoking Rocks, says, ”While dressed in clothing of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, you can experience tournaments, royal courts, feasts, and dancing. You also have the opportunity to learn and practice ancient arts and skills such as calligraphy, cooking, armoring, metalworking, carpentry, and fiber arts (to name just a few!) — within an all-ages social group.”
This looks like so much fun! For more information, you can visit the website of the local chapter and also the national website.
One of the greatest things about the Maker Faire is that it focuses on the best that our community has to offer. And contrary to what you might see when you watch TV or read the news, there are lots of smart, capable, and creative teenagers and young adults in our midst. We’re fortunate to have some of them exhibiting their projects at this year’s Maker Faire.
Let’s focus on the positive by supporting and encouraging these young people, who are excellent role models for their peers. Stop by their tables at the Maker Faire, learn about their projects, and be inspired by their enthusiasm!
Here’s just a sample of exhibits:
- Jared’s Mars Robot–Jared integrated ultra-sonic, range-finding sensors and a digital compass to an Arduino microcontroller in order to provide his robot with the ability to autonomously navigate a Martian surface.
- Michael and Cameron’s Arduino Weather Station—The Arduino Weather Station is a group of Arduino boards that can have sensors attached to collect weather data. It is battery-operated, a good class project, and it doesn’t cost much money to build. It would be mounted on a pole, where it is left to record data.
- S.O.’s Special Effects Makeup–As a self-taught special effects (FX) makeup artist, S.O. has been using her creativity and passion for the performing arts to bring characters to life for years. Her artistry and talents have been recognized by local community members as well as social media. She notes that makeup services are available for hire. This includes on stage productions, birthday parties, Halloween outings, special events, or even just scaring your parents!
- Ciara’s ShopBot Projects–Ciara works with a ShopBot CNC machine, laser engraver, lathe, and many computer programs to make her creations. She looks to Pinterest and woodworking magazines for most of her inspirations. After college, she hopes to buy a ShopBot and continue making amazing woodworking projects to sell.
- Brooks Free Library Middle School Makers’ Foam-Based Cloud-Printing Machine
- Mashpee Environmental Club’s Bird Boxes–Students are expanding their use of bird boxes to help control the occurrence of biting insects around recreational fields. At the Maker Faire, you can help them construct boxes or sponsor a box to help them cover the costs of construction material.
There has been a lot going on at the Framingham Makerspace since they exhibited at last year’s Cape Cod Mini Maker Faire. The Framingham Makerspace officially opened its doors to an enthusiastic public this past July and provides community, shared tools and a workspace which encourages and enables members to build their dreams while also being a resource to the community at large.
They’ve been offering some super-cool classes, including
- Constructing a Hexayurt–a simplified disaster relief shelter
- Building Boffer Weapons–padded mock weapons used for simulated handheld combat
- Live Action Role Play Combat
- Exploring Digital Luminescence–playing with LED’s and digital light projects
- Code Together workshops—coding for all levels
- Raspberry Pi/Python programming workshops
- Introduction to Knitting
- Repousse Metal Working
- LED Toys for Fire Spinners
The Framingham Makerspace members have always brought a variety of fascinating projects, and we look forward to seeing them this year at the Maker Faire!
Kim Rumberger is a local jewelry designer and instructor. Kim primarily works with precious metal clay, which is molded and sculpted, then fired in a kiln or with a small kitchen torch. The end result is fine (99.9% pure) silver or other base metal (e.g. copper, bronze) that are beautiful pieces of jewelry, alongside beads, gemstones and other materials.
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. Kim will be doing live demonstrations throughout the day.
Kim offers classes at the Cape Cod Museum of Art and other locations, and she will also bring her mobile studio to your home for an evening or afternoon of jewelry making for small groups.