We’ll have more stats for you once we’ve recovered our wits after a huge day at the 2nd Annual Sunshine Coast Mini Maker Faire, but we can say that it exceeded expectations – again – and shows the demand on the Coast for the maker movement and STEM education.
26+ Makers, 12 workshops offered in multiple slots throughout the day, a booming hot dog stand benefiting Gibsons Elementary School, speakers on the main stage and a gazillion kids having an amazing time…
Are we doing it again for 2017? Absolutely! If you’d like to join the Mini Maker Faire crew head first to http://www.coastmakers.com and join us there. Planning for 2017 will begin this fall.
In the meantime, here’s the photostream from yesterday – let us know if you have some images or video you’d like to add!
I did a Q&A with Amber Road Pottery’s Alex Ora – I had no idea Tuwanek was home to a pottery instruction studio!
Alex, how did you get into pottery?
So many years ago through Emily Carr’s Outreach Program when I was living in Dawson Creek, B.C. up north. It led me to become a student of pottery, then a potter, then a high school teacher of pottery and art.
How long does it take the average child/adult to learn the basics so they can start experimenting?
Clay is so friendly that it can become personal and a medium for experimenting with very little training, a few hours. But the range of ability levels are many.Do you fire pottery for people?
I can custom fire pottery work for people at a cone 04 to 06 level.Do you sell your work anywhere?
I sell my work from a modest pottery studio in Tuwanek. Mostly I teach people how to make in clay.
What has been your favourite project to work on?
I love to make traditional complex forms like teapots and casserole dishes in Japanese glazes because they are so gorgeous.
How long have you lived in Tuwanek/on the Coast?
I have been building and developing a teaching studio in Tuwanek for five years.
What is your perfect day?
My perfect day would start by greeting a group of bouncing (enthusiastic) children at the top of my driveway, lead them into my shaded yard, then my studio to play with clay and discover MAKING. The whole day through, they delight me with their abandon to the rules of the material of clay. With their sense of untethered adventure and my watchful eye their energy just seems to flows into objects of blissful art. I know it sounds too good, really, but I have had days just like this……..perfect!
What’s an ‘ocarina’ and where does it come from?
Ocarinas are clay whistles and they have occurred independently in different parts of the world, not known by this name necessarily. Most well known to us here in North America they are very popular in Mexico and South America and have been known recently to be busked along the beaches in tourist towns. They are more than a functional whistle and take on the form of animals or objects. I like my students to make their ocarinas into a sculpture of a favourite cartoon character.
Well….. that was more fun than I thought it would be!
Cheers, Alex Ora
Gibsons Building Supplies in upper Gibsons has expanded their support over last year to become a Gold Sponsor for 2016.
We appreciate GBS’ commitment to ingenuity and exploration – it makes a material difference to our ability to put on a Mini Maker Faire in our community.
If you’re a Maker, you can reward GBS for their support of our Maker synergy by shopping there for your supplies.
The trailer with personality+, Get Makered 3D Design & Print Studio, returns to the Sunshine Coast Mini Maker Faire for 2016, with an upgraded scanner setup… and this year it is being run by GetMakered’s youth manager Owyn Cramer and two friends.
This year has been a busy one for GetMakered, with appearances at the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire, Seattle Maker Mini Faire, and presentations to the principals and administrators of School District 46 and to the technology champion teachers from our school district in April. Bryan Cramer has been developing learning modules around a variety of digital technologies including 3D Printing, Raspberry Pi, Arduino, and other STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects for integrated and multi-disciplinary learning. Get Makered also visited a private birthday party with 10 girls, 2 of whom were trained to do the scanning before the other guests arrived.
Owyn has also integrated the digital files of scanned subjects into the Unreal Gaming Engine with PolyCount’s support – a key sponsor for GetMakered in 2016 – so that players can import their bust into the gaming environment to create objects or avatars using their own likenesses.
GetMakered is also heading to Austin Texas this Friday for OSCON 2016, the largest open source software conference in North America after a wildly successful booth at 2015’s event held in Portland Oregon. The trailer – a project involving many members of the Coast Makers – is staying home, but the rest of the equipment has been broken down to fit in suitcases to recreate in booth form next week. Running the booth with Founder Diane Mueller will be Owyn and Bryan Cramer, after community members and sponsors contributed to a gofundme campaign to fund Owyn’s participation. At 14 (he will turn 15 in Austin) if he manages it while Diane and Bryan are otherwise engaged, he will be one of the – if not the – youngest person running a booth at OSCON and he will be attending a number of the educational tracks as well.
For more information: http://www.getmakered.com
Spider Elementary, is part of the larger K – 12 SPIDER (Students Participating in Distributed Education Resources) school which falls under the administrative umbrella of the Sunshine Coast Alternative. SPIDER Elementary is a public distributed learning school and part of School District No. 46 (Sunshine Coast) serving students from kindergarten to grade 9. Note: students in grade 7 have the option of participating in the Middle Years grade 7,8,9 cohort program offering learning in a blended learning environment using a project based learning model.
The Spider program recently completed a workshop on Go Kart building, creating four karts from the plans linked here and have been enjoying them ever since.
Download the plans here:
Come by and check them out – or get together with some pals to build your own!