Hundreds of people, including students, faculty and members of the community, attended the second annual Moorpark College Maker Faire on April 24.
More than 20 student groups and organizations presented, including engineering, art, game design, music technology and journalism. During the event, DJs from the campus Music Technology class played original and recorded music from a stage. Presenters were given t-shirts with the campus makerspace logo on the front and the steps of design thinking outlined on the back.
The event was held in collaboration with the Associated Students organization on campus. The Associated Students gave away coupons for free hamburgers for students with AS cards.
Each of the Makerspace booths also had coupons for a free soft serve ice cream cone.
Among the most popular stations was an indigo dye booth organized by a faculty member and students in the Biology Department. Participants were able to design and dye t-shirts.
One of the presenting groups was comprised of three female engineering students, who had used the Makerspace woodworking equipment. They displayed portable stucture that they completed and lived in for two nights as part of a competition at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo the weekend before the campus Maker Faire.
The students used a compound miter saw at the Makerspace to fabricate a project to test structural strength. The students visited the space over several weeks.
Promotion for the fair was done on campus, through an electronic billboard and in a weekly community newspaper. Some members of the community who saw the advertisement in the newspaper came to see the activities and displays.
The Makerspace staff declared the event a success and started planning for the third annual faire in 2019.