Mini Maker Faire Thrills Local Creators

Courtesy photo    The Tinker Bus was a hit at Sunday’s Maker Faire at Alameda Point. The former school bus was remade into a roving science, technology, engineering and mathematics classroom.

Alameda’s first-ever mini Maker Faire brought crowds of creators, do-it-yourself enthusiasts, businesses, artists and crafters to Ranger Avenue on Alameda Point for a gathering of creative people of all sorts. The event primarly focused on making things that exist in the physical environment through technology or more traditional methods. 

Maker faires, which are taking place in increasing numbers of cities, are described as gatherings “of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these makers to show hobbies, experiments and projects.”

Among the presenters was College of Alameda that offered information on its new FabLab, which is open to any student who takes even a single class at the college. In the FabLab makers can take advantage of tools, resources and technology, and use traditional and advanced manufacturing equipment to make almost anything. Students may experiment for fun or work towards developing a fully fledged product. The goal of the facility is “to offer a communal space for people to make, to share and to benefit from their work,” according to the college website.

The FabLab’s equipment includes: a laser cutter, 3D printer, desktop cutter and computer workstations. The FabLab is open  Monday through Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is located in room D-102, College of Alameda, 555 Ralph Appezato Memorial Drive. Find out more at www.alameda.peralta.edu.