14 year old Gabriel has been passionate about building, making and putting things together. He has been attending the Bay Area Maker Faire since he was 10 years old and has always dreamed of entering one of his creations in a Maker Faire. For his current project, a Wooden Electric Kart, Gabriel was inspired by an article on Karts and Wheels in his Make Magazine (Issue 26). As soon he got home from summer vacation, he started working on his cart.
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RapidTech at UC Irvine offers cutting-edge 3-D manufacturing technology to students. They are located in the UC Irvine Engineering building teaching students advanced manufacturing techniques but also providing low-cost solutions for local businesses.
They are finding applications in a wide range of non-traditional fields beyond technology and engineering, including medical, architecture, animation, rapid digital manufacturing, and consumer level mass customization.
Would you like to build your own robot army to take over the world? Everybody’s gotta start somewhere and you can get started on your first robot with Edtric at the OC Mini Maker Faire at UCI on August 17th, 2013!
Edtric’s Crash Course Electronics with Soldering Skills workshop will teach you some of the basics of electronics and soldering and at the end you’ll have your very own working robot.
To get an idea of what the workshop entails and to get a preliminary lesson in electronics, watch this video from Edtric:
At edtrication our purpose is to bring you affordable engineering hardware that allows the exploration of vast engineering and science applications. We like to think of our hardware as dynamic supplements going beyond the static pages of textbooks, theoretical problem solving, and the cubicle.
You explore new concepts. You experience new things.
Plus, you develop hands-on understanding. Our solutions are intended to remind you that even the largest and most complex systems start with simple concepts.
We hope you will find our hardware and accompanying lesson plans thought-provoking and motivating … able to ignite your ideas, excite your creativity, and inspire your imagination.
Let us nurture your inner engineer.
Maker and Hacker spaces are incredibly important for every community to provide a place for kids and adults to learn, explore, create and build with their own free will. It is so good to be seeing these places popping up in towns all across America, the world even! Vocademy is one such place coming to Southern California and we here at OC Mini Maker Faire have been thrilled to watch it’s growth and progress over the past year. Here’s Gene Sherman telling about this journey in his own words:
A journey begins with an idea and can take you to unimagined and unexplored places. My journey began with an observation that I started to see over and over. Every student over the last 15 years or so has been told that their only option was to attend college in order to be a success.
Schools have been slowly getting rid of their hands-on skills’ classes. Metal shop, wood shop, ceramics, sewing, auto shop…look at your local schools and you will see that they rarely exist anymore. Having gone through high school in the 80s, I did have those resources available to me, and I took advantage of every one I could. It is probably what kept me going to school during my junior and senior years. Even those who do choose higher education are missing out on the joys and creativity necessary in making things with their hands.
I look around today and think to myself, where can the average person go if he/she wants to create something, invent, tinker, explore and/or learn to use tools or machinery? Maybe to a friend’s shop or garage, but how many people have access to that?
It got me thinking about how I could be part of a solution to this dilemma that faces young and old, male or female, student or not. Where could someone go to get the hands-on skills to create or learn to make what they wanted? You see, I have always been a maker and have been curious about how things worked. I built models and played with RC cars and helicopters. If something broke, I figured out how to fix it. These are priceless experiences that put you in control of your possesions. I had parents who encouraged and taught me how to explore, how to use hands-on tools, and my father was a master machinist who taught me the nuances of the profession.
As I mentioned earlier, I was becoming disheartened by the lack of skills being taught and how people did not have a place to use these skills. I knew I was not alone in this thought. And so years ago I discovered that there was a movement growing, a maker movement. People started getting together in tiny garages and homes. They would share their limited resources and expertise and just make things. But these groups were very small and not well known. I wanted a place where anyone can go, any time of day. And that is how the idea for Vocademy came to fully develop.
Another integral part of the Vocademy process was when I worked at a local university as the lab and shop manager for a mechanical engineering department. I worked there for five years, and I saw a distressing trend. These future engineers didn’t know basic tools, or how to read blueprints, or what kinds of metals to use, or even how to competently use machinery. In a school of over 21,000 students, only 50 had access to the shop. I knew there were many others interested in learning this stuff! So, I started teaching my own version of Machine Shop 101 class to the students in order to help fill in their learning gap and quickly found out that many in community also wanted in. Word spread and people started asking for more! They wanted woodshop, sewing, 3D printing and every other kind of “industrial art” possible. I also wanted to make these classes available on a larger scale. To also let people use the entire facility to practice what they learned and make whatever they desire!
Now, here we are in 2013, and we just completed an incredibly successful crowdfunding campaign. Last week, I signed a lease to our new 15,000 sq. ft. building in Riverside. We hope to be moving in in September! Meanwhile, I am working on finding/meeting with equity investors, gathering more equipment and hiring staff. There is a lot to do and I am expecting our grand opening to be October 6th.
The journey will continue, and there will be unexpected turns and hills and valleys. Today Vocademy is now coming to reality and once again, people will be able to express themselves with their hands.
To learn more about Vocademy just click on the name to visit their website or come see them in person at the OC Mini Maker Faire on August 17th at UCI!
You read that right, the day is quickly approaching and we are working on finalizing the details! We still have some space left for a few more Makers and vendors so, if you’ve been thinking about joining us for OC Mini Maker Faire 2013 now is the time to sign up. Just click the Call to Makers Application button and let us know you’re coming!
You may have been hearing about this thing called Arduino lately and wondering what it is, well, here’s an introduction from MAKE that’s a good place to start getting an idea.
Now, if that’s got you excited and you want to learn more here’s an opportunity to get in there and do some hands-on learning!
Trish Tsoiasue, through her Lemonade Game Project, has arranged for Sparkfun to come to Long Beach on October 15th & 16th and offer Arduino classes at the Long Beach Sea Scout base, 5875 Appian Way, Long Beach, CA 90803.
Oct. 15th, 2012 ~ 1:00pm – 5:00pm ~ $35.00 or $70.00
Halloween LED Light Up / SparkFun Electronics
Sessions on the use of the LilyPad Arduino. It provides the capability to add lights and more to your sewing projects. This is an introduction to artists, sewing inclined, home costumers. It involves learning about sewable electronics components and the LilyPad.
- Middle and High School science educators interested in learning how to use sensors, do basic programming with a microcontroller, and find many resources to take classrooms in different directions.
- Programmers who want an introduction to the Arduino.
- Artists who have some technical ability and want to make their art move.
- College students in Engineering and the Arts.
OCT. 16TH, 2012 ~ 9:00AM – 6:00PM ~ $145.00
TOOLS FOR MAKING THINGS MOVE/TAKE HOME ELECTRONICS/SPARKFUN SESSIONS #1 & 2
This is an introduction to the Arduino for the technically inclined. Some small exposure to programming is preferred, but not required. In the event of low registrations, Session #2 will be folded into Session #1.
Session #1 – No soldering will be performed. Session #2 – Soldering will be performed in this session.
Take Home equipment value $125. A SparkFun Inventor’s Kit, Additional Arduino compatible dev board.
Space is limited. For more information or to sign up for a session visit Trish’s blog Handmade Penguin.
A little more about trish and the lemonade game
Trish Tsoiasue is working to grow the Maker Ohana in Long Beach as creative Handmade Penguin.
She has a degree in Computer Science and has worked in a technical field for over 30 years. She is committed to community, and is a co-founder of 501c3 non-profit Shared Science which works to bring engineering and technology programming to youth with current focus in the Long Beach area.
Trish attended the San Mateo MakerFaire in 2012 as an Education Day volunteer, a MakerCorps volunteer and as media. She has continued in her quest to bring Making to Long Beach as a Blogger for the Belmont Shore Patch. Since June 25, she has been blogging daily about Makers and Creatives in Long Beach in a game she has created called The Community Lemonade Game.
Now that we’ve (mostly) recovered from the success of our first ever OC Mini Maker Faire we’re beginning to look to the coming year. On the top of the list is arranging a date that will not coincide with other major events that attract like-minded people. With that in mind we’re considering the first couple of weeks in August 2013, anybody out there know of potentially conflicting events for that time frame?
Next on the list is expanding and improving our repertoire of activities, Makers and cool things to see and do. There are some activities that we know we want but need help in making them happen, here’s a list of our top favorites:
- Arduino workshop
- Make Play Day (open making and free-build with piles of random stuff to create with plus tools, hot glue guns, tape, etc.)
- Paper Rocket Make and Launch
- Programming workshops (like Scratch, etc.)
What we need are volunteers or groups to help supply and run these activities so, if you or anyone you know might be interested please contact us at Info@OCMiniMakerFaire.com.
Also, if you have an idea for a great booth, we’d love to hear about it!
We are all supper excited about the first ever Orange County Mini Maker Faire on Saturday. Attached to this post is the schedule.
We can’t wait to see you there!