While celebrating the National Week of Making, Digital Harbor Foundation was able to participate in both National Maker Faire, for which we were honored to be listed as a Highlighted Maker, and Capitol Hill Maker Faire in Washington, DC. We are very excited to have been a part of both of these events and had a great time while participating.
On June 18th and 19th, we packed up our projects and headed to DC for National Maker Faire. During this event, DHF helped nearly 650 attendees to create their own paper flashlight out of a card stock template, an LED, and a coin cell battery. This project took each participant about 5-10 minutes to complete and they were able to take the finished product home with them. This project was definitely a hit! There was a constant moving line of attendees waiting to make their own flashlight.
Our exhibit also showcased each of the first place FabSLAM teams from the Baltimore and Idaho competitions who were able to share their winning projects. Idaho’s first place team, the G T.E.A.M. from Lone Star Middle School, presented their Homeless Emergency Life Pack, or HELP, which is a wheeled suitcase that can be turned into a one-person shelter. While the Digital Oyster Foundation, a middle school team and Baltimore’s first place winner, presented their 3D printed reef balls to create a solution to a dwindling oyster population in the Chesapeake Bay. This project even received an Editor’s Choice Award at the faire!
On Tuesday, June 21st, we were on our way to Capitol Hill Maker Faire, but this time with our Mini Makers. Two of our Mini Makers were able to present the projects that they worked on while learning about Toy Manufacturing earlier this year. Some of these projects included manufacturing methods such as laser cutting, sewing, and mold making. Specifically, we highlighted the project these youth developed that stole the show at this year’s White House Science Fair, 3D printed bubble wands! Our Community Manager, Melissa Huch, was able to attend Capitol Hill Maker Faire for the first time and she loved how eager everyone was to meet our youth. “Typically when going to events, I am used to talking about DHF programs but this time, Elizabeth and Anthony took the reins. They did an amazing job explaining how they created each project and I was impressed how much they knew about 3D Printing, Tinkercad, and Doodlefab. Overall the event was incredible, and it was great meeting new Makers”, Melissa shared.
Our Mini Makers were big hit at the faire and had many important people in the maker and education community excited about their work. Steve Davee from Maker Ed was really excited to meet our Mini Makers and hear all about their projects.
And recently recognized White House Champion of Change, Sonya Pryor-Jones, was so enthusiastic about Lizzie’s “Savage Van” project that she had to share it with her friend Adam Savage on Twitter! Lizzie was so excited because she is a big Mythbusters fan!
Interim Executive Director, Shawn Grimes, said, “Maker Faire’s always feel like a reunion of sorts. I get to catch up with a lot of great people and see some really cool projects. It is honestly one of my favorite things to do throughout the year.” DHF always has so much fun at Maker Faire’s, and this was experience was no different. We enjoy getting to share our love of making with the community at both of these events, and we hope to participate again in the future. If you’re interested in learning more, you can check out National Maker Faire’s website here.