- BPC students in our Maker Club for setting us up for success early in the year, successfully presenting at the East Bay Mini-Maker Faire and the Bay Area Science Festival, both in the fall of 2013.
- The entire BPC Class of 2015 for their enthusiastic participation in our 7th grade field trip to the Advanced Light Source (ALS) in November 2013.
- Dula Parkinson, Beamline Scientist, for patiently mentoring me during my IISME summer 2013 internship and having the vision to design and implement our November 2013 ALS experience, as well as his continued support through the data analysis / printing process.
- Howard Padmore, BPC parent and ALS Division Deputy for Experimental Systems Group, for his role in organizing the 7th grade trip, as well as his encouragement to apply to the White House Maker Faire.
- Justin Blair, scientist, for his help with data visualization and his 3D printer assistance.
- The Maker Club (again) for a very successful debut at the San Mateo Maker Faire in May 2014, especially to those 7th graders (Flynn, Abe, Alexander, Jane, Daniel, Sam, Kyra and Emily) who volunteered their time at our booth. Also, Gigi, Alex, and Luka (all 6th grade) and Isaac (8th grade) for their help.
- Brook Drumm, founder and CEO of Printrbot, for helping us initially get involved with 3D printing, as well as his continued generosity and support over the years.
- Finally, those BPC students who spent long, sometimes frustrating hours with our initial 3D printer back in 2010, which was far more finicky that our current machines: especially Adam (BPC Class of 2013) and Cole, Noah and Daniel (BPC Class of 2014)
White House Maker Faire as a Concept
Our Day at the White House
Two days before the Faire, we received clarification that as "honored makers" we were able to attend the event, but we would not be presenting our project. Well, that certainly made packing easier!
Finally, we spent some time talking scanning with Joshua from 3D Systems about scanning.
We also were able to visit with Other Mill, who we first met at the San Mateo maker faire and learned this week is based out of San Francisco!
Here is a list of all the makers who were invited and an InformationWeek article highlighting 10 of the coolest inventions there! :)
Of course, a major highlight of the day was being able to hear President Obama speak. We were pretty close (this is a picture taken from our seats!) Fun fact: Obama is the first president to be scanned and 3D printed!
Hahna is the co-founder and CTO of SolePower, an innovative company known for a shoe insole that charges portable electronics by walking. The device branded “EnSole” works by generating power in the heel with each step and storing power in a Power Pack holstered on the shoelaces. The Power Pack can be removed at any time to charge a phone or any other electronic device using a USB port. SolePower’s 3-year project has won the team the 2014 Popular Science Invention of the Year award as well as the Africa Energy Award for Innovator of the Year. The SolePower team looks forward to bringing easy-access energy to shoes all over the world, one step at a time.
After the Faire
|Outside the West Wing!|
White House Maker Faire Media
- White House Maker Faire participant map and list of attendees
- MAKE Magazine, 7th Grade Students Show Off 3D Printing Project at White House (6.18.14)
- Berkeleyside, Berkeley 7th graders present 3-D project at White House (6.18.14)
- ALS News, Youngest ALS Users Go to the White House (6.19.14) (also ALS photo collage)
- SFGate, Bay Area creators strut stuff at White House Maker Faire (6.19.14)
- 3D Printer World, 7th Grade Makers Invited to White House Maker Faire (6.21.14)