AHC Makerspace @ Santa Maria’s Christmas Parade of Lights


the AHC truck

Santa Maria, California–on Saturday, December 2nd, the Allan Hancock College Makerspace, in conjunction with our community partners the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum and the Public Library, sponsored a float in the Santa Maria Christmas Parade of Lights.

the AHC team before the parade began

Our student interns were charged with thinking up a creative way to decorate our Mobile Makerspace Trailer and the accompanying truck on a fixed budget and with the maker mindset that the majority of decoration be fabricated as opposed to bought.

The AHC Makerspace Interns making float decorations


According to the Santa Maria Times, “[t]housands of people packed downtown shouting ‘Merry Christmas,’ helping the Christmas Parade of Lights fill the city with holiday spirit…,” and at the forefront of the festivities was our very own DIY robot–a big hit with the children along the parade route.

our student intern in full makerbot regalia

The purpose of the Parade entry was to drum up publicity for the big Holiday Makerspace Event at our community partner’s locations this coming Saturday, December 9th from 10 AM-3 PM.  Over 2,500 bilingual, full-sheet fliers were handed out to parade attendees across the mile-long route.

the Mobile Makerspace Trailor

The AHC Maker team is looking forward to Saturday, and if you find yourself in the Santa Maria area–please come out to the Public Library (421 S. McClelland Street, Santa Maria, CA) and the Discovery Museum (705 S. McClelland Street, Santa Maria, CA).

a photo of the front of the Makerspace truck

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