Second Maker Faire draws students, faculty and community

Three DJs, Kevin Jackson, from left, Franklin Muñoz and Tate Arnsten, all assess the crowd as the second annual Maker Faire kicks off in the Moorpark College quad, on April 24. Muñoz and Arnsten participate in the music technology program at Moorpark College, while Jackson is an English major.

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.

Megan Greene, 20, high-fives the children from the Childhood Development Center after teaching them how to make foam boats, during the second annual Maker Faire at Moorpark College. It is Greene’s second year on campus as an education major.

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.

Corey Percle, a third year mechanical engineering major, sauters a battery component during the second annual Maker Faire at Moorpark College on April 24. The battery will attach to a motorized skateboard that Percle built himself.

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.

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