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Makers of all ages participate in Mini-Maker Faire 2017

By Jan Janes
Special to Santa Cruz Tech Beat

April 29, 2016 — Santa Cruz, CA

(Photo above: On a sparkling spring day, all signs point to fun. The community turned out for family crafts, technology and local food at the second annual Santa Cruz Maker Faire 2017, held at Gateway school.)

[Editor’s note: The following photo essay is by Jan Janes. All photo credits: Jan Janes Media]

Inside the Cabrillo College Fab Lab, fairgoers tested out soldering and electronics skills, making flashlights.

A student gets instruction on the different VR headset controls before strapping in and testing it out.

 

UCSC students, after studying generative art and coding for two quarters, brought their creative results to the Maker Faire to show the ways algorithms, coding and fractals combine to create art. Handouts included @galaxykate’s encyclopedia of generativity and free resources to learn how to write software.

Daughter and father test out electric tricycles, which can tilt like a bicycle. The trikes are agile, compact and light, and riders do not need to put a foot to the ground for stability when at a stop.

Dessert makers My Cupcake Corner and The Penny Ice Creamery appealed to the sweet side of the palate. Autumn offered a thumbs up for the waffle cone she enjoyed in the afternoon.

At the outside Cabrillo College Fab Lab display, father and son rode a giant skateboard in a test run through the pylons.

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Jan Janes, Communications Director, Web Publisher, Television & Radio Producer, Photojournalist, Social Media Architect, can be reached on LinkedIn.

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