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This Week at Maui Makers October 4 2015

Maui County Fair

We had a lot of fun at the Fair, spreading the word about Maui Makers. One highlight for me in particular was a young girl who got really excited about what you can make with a 3D printer. Since the organizers were kind enough to put us in the very back of a 60×60 foot tent (I really don’t know what they were thinking), we made good use of the extra space by bringing out the ever popular marble roller, wind tunnel and vortex cannons. If they’d just told us what they were up to ahead of time, we could have had our own Maker Fair. A big Mahalo to all our volunteers. Tip of the hat to Boeing’s Maui Site who sponsored our booth.

Barnes and Noble sponsoring a Maker Faire at their store Nov 6-8

Speaking of Maker Faires…Barnes and Noble showed up to chat about the nationwide Maker Faire they’ll be sponsoring in November. It looks like they plan to start carrying some cool toys that might appeal to some of the younger makers. Well, actually the adults did have fun playing with the toys, too.

3D Printing

On the 3D printing front, we showed off our first working prototype of the prosthetic eNABLE hand, and have the Hulk Hand (it’s all green) printed and partially assembled. Join us on Wednesday from 4:30 to 6 PM if you want to help out. We also got some pretty nice 3D pens in. I must admit that these are my favorite of all the ones I’ve tried and a great price. If you agree, you can buy one to take home with you. I’ve been having a lot of fun decorating Halloween masks. I can guarantee you my costume will be one of a kind this year.

Arduino

The ever popular Arduino class continues on Thursday from 6 to 9 PM. I’ve heard that Bob will be breaking out some of the advanced sensors, so should be a lot of fun for newcomers and experts alike.

Halloween Fun for Artisans and Crafters

And speaking of Halloween, join our Artisans and Crafters Group every Sat at 10 AM for some..ahem…”witch craftery” with a special Halloween theme. And if that isn’t enough Halloween for you, we’ll have the space ready to help you “bling out” your costume during open hours on Saturday, October 24. If you really like to procrastinate, we do have open hours on Halloween.

New events and classes

Menehune Makers (our kid’s program) kicks off this Wednesday at 3 PM, with some playful tinkering with LEDs. Suitable for anyone over 3 that can remain focused and engaged. Note that this is not a drop off program. We encourage parents to learn and enjoy fun activities with their kids.

Lights and Magic with wearable electronics will meet every Tuesday from 6 to 8:30 pm.

Out and About in the Community

Jerry Isdale will be teaching at the UHMC STEAM Maker Camp this week. I believe that Arduino and TinkerCAD are on the menu. [JI: Buck Joiner will be helping out on Monday/Tuesday. We’ll be doing paper circuits and arduinos. Cole Santos will be doing TinkerCAD Wednesday/Thursday. ]

The high school students working on the Internet of Things continue to make good progress.

One of our UHMC interns has made tremendous progress on getting the Gocupi drawing robot running like a champ.

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