Rocklin Mini-Maker Faire Attracts 8,000

The Rocklin Mini-Maker Faire celebrated local makers on October 14 on the Sierra College campus with about 8,000 attendees – mostly families with young children!  The City of Rocklin has organized the event for three years running, with the College as a key partner.  City staff Monica Nitz was selected this year to attend the World Maker Faire in NYC and learn the ‘backend’ of the Maker Faire business – she is passionate about community and making!

Special guest Dale Dougherty attended and guided a panel discussion on “Global & Local Effects by the Maker Movement” with Brook Drumm, CEO of Printrbot, Eric Ullrich, President of Hacker Lab, Willy Duncan, President and Superintendent of Sierra College, Carol Pepper-Kittredge, Statewide Project Manager, CCC Maker, and Nile Mittow, Chief Innovation Engineer for Hacker Lab.  We were so grateful and delighted to spend time with Dale, and have our community hear him speak along with other influential makers.

Sierra Makerspaces activities were lead by student Heather Lincoln, who found that the most popular tool was her 3D printer pen!  Using the pen to lay down a 2D shape (like a triangle) and then standing the shape up to build a 3D object gave children (and adults) an instant ‘ah ha’ on how 2D objects are translated to become multi-dimensional.  If Amazon saw a surge in the purchase of 3D printer pens, Heather should get a commission!

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