Rocklin Mini-Maker Faire Serves Community

The 4th Rocklin Mini-Maker Faire engaged approximately 3,800 community members in a variety of activities and visual displays on the Sierra College campus on Saturday, October 6, 2018.  Lead by the City of Rocklin, Parks and Recreation Department staff member and trained Maker Faire leader Monica Nitz, the event featured more than 95 vendors and program displays (, all with the purpose of celebrating and engaging Makers at every level.

The riding cupcakes (always featured at the Bay Area Maker Faire) were here this year, as was the Shamancycle from the Curious Forge makerspace in Grass Valley.  Hacker Lab showed cool things from members, the Take It A-Party booth let guests deconstruct all sorts of electronics to see what was inside, the Sierra Robotics Club showed off their fighting robot, and Sierra Makerspaces booths engaged guests in fabricating tops, faux fur tails, customized rice-filled what-nots, buttons, and 2D turned into 3D designs.  The Arts Council of Placer County featured the garments from the previous night’s Reinvent the Runway show, two trebuchet teams demonstrated how big stuff gets thrown, and Agee Fashion Institute featured the Paul Mitchell team for hair and makeup, applied to models showing youth designer couture  creations.  Faculty and students participating at the Faire included Applied Art & Design, Mechatronics, Mathematics, Technical Theatre, Drafting & Engineering Support, Automotive, Business, Advanced Manufacturing, and CIS.

CCC Maker colleges showcasing their work included the Folsom Lake Innovation Center and the American River College Design Hub.  Sacramento City College Makerspace fabricated the MMF event t-shirt designs, and Michelle and Humberto captured photos and videos of the event.  Butte College Makerspace director, Daniel, was also a welcome guest!


Sierra College President Duncan and Rocklin Mayor Gayaldo open the Rocklin Mini-Maker Fair – October 6 2018
Families explore various booths at the Mini-Maker Faire.
Sierra Makerspaces junior volunteer (5th grader) Kaylee helps young Makers make a top with a bottle jack to bend a flat washer
Sierra Makerspaces volunteer and Loomis Soroptimist, Debi, helps a young Maker fabricate a faux fur tail
Sierra Makerspaces team member and Curious Forge Textile Lab coordinator, Naima, instructs a young Maker on sewing a customized project
Intel employee and volunteer, Jennifer, assists a young Maker in the Deconstruct (Take It A-Party) booth (photo courtesy of Michele Zamora, Sacramento City College Makerspaces)
Young Makers at the Sierra Makerspaces booth using 2D pens and the button maker (photo courtesy of Michele Zamora, Sacramento City College Makerspaces)
Cool guitar! (photo courtesy of Michele Zamora, Sacramento City College Makerspaces)
Sierra College Robotics Club shows off their fighting robot (photo courtesy of Michele Zamora, Sacramento City College Makerspaces)
The opening gate was designed by Sierra College students and assembled by a student and faculty team in the Welding Dept. Welding Dept Chair Bill Wenzel shows the event t-shirt as the ceremony starts.

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