With more than 150 booths to check out, the Fraser Valley Makerspace was definitely in good company at the 2016 Mini Maker Faire. Drawing a much larger crowd than previous years, we were able to shine brighter as our booth attracted more spectators interested in what we have going on at the ‘Space. With increased interest in our activities, especially our kid’s classes at the White Rock Library, our next class is full with others wondering if we’ll hold more of the same in the future.
Rob’s 3D Printer action attracted an audience of it’s own as he designed and printed pieces to secure parts of our display. A couple of kids even walked away with a goodie for their mine craft projects. Our time at the Mini Maker Faire was a result of the hard work of organizers and volunteers who made sure we had enough coffee, so we stayed wired and alert.
Moreover, our Raspberry Pi powered Nintendo games should’ve had a booth of their own as kids and adults lined up to enjoy a bit of nostalgia. We think it’s safe to say our Nintendo turned donation box was a huge hit. The house from UP, brainchild of Jason, had kids trying to fly the house higher and attracted even more spectators. Suffice to say, it was a great alternative to flying a drone inside the PNE Forum because those were prohibited.
On another note, the roto caster, Islay’s chain maille jewelry, the pixy eyes attracted to the colour pink, and Mel’s 3D printed pieces got spectators interested in learning more about making. Not to mention, David’s newest project, a mammoth 3D open source printer. The whole vibe at the 2016 Mini Maker Faire was alive with curiosity and a passion for making.
To everyone who helped the ‘Space get ready for the event, manned our booth and helped with cleanup afterwards, THANK YOU. We couldn’t have managed without the help and support of all of our members.