9 things you missed at the Mini Maker Faire

Maggie Kaiserman

1. Engineers Without Borders (EWB) booth

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Industrial engineering freshman Fiona Blackburn is a member of EWB, and she said they are raising awareness about food shortages in Malawi.

“We have a project team working in Malawi, Africa, and currently their major food source is corn, which they have to hand-dry and kernel, and hand-grind the corn,” Blackburn said. “So what we are working on now is a bike-powered grinding machine.”

 

2. A Cal Poly student’s handmade knives

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Materials engineering senior Aaron Ludlow got most of the material to make his tools from a friend’s old car.

 

3. Cal Poly’s liberal arts and engineering studies

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Liberal arts and engineering studies students brought an interactive paper prism display that allowed participants to add to it.

 

4. Materials Engineering Student Societies booth

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Representing the College of Engineering, students had interactive learning materials for kids.

 

5. Demonstrations

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There was a binary dance and chemistry magic show on the main stage.

 

6. How to make skateboards from scratch

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The Pacific Beach High School Skateboard Builders showed how they take maple or bamboo wood decks and laminate them to make longboards and skateboards.

 

7. Make-a-robot station

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All the supplies to make a robot were provided by the South County Family Education and Cultural Center.

 

8. 3-D printers

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Demonstrations of how a 3-D printer works allowed viewers to watch designs come to life.

 

 9. Solar-heated kettle and bacon

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Visitors learned how solar energy is converted to make water boil and cook bacon.

Check out the full recap of the SLO Mini Maker Faire here.