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STEAM Club Returns to Present at Bay Area Maker Faire
For the third year in a row the SJND STEAM Club was accepted to present their pinball machines at the Bay Area Maker Faire, which took place May 18-20 at the San Mateo Event Center.
Now in its 12th year, this year’s Bay Area Maker Faire was larger than ever, welcoming over 120,000 people.
“The event can be exhausting because our games get non-stop play and we field questions about electro mechanical engineering and construction, but it's fun to share our work and we also get to explore the over 800 booths on display,” explained Mr. Andy McKee, who serves as a co-club moderator.
SJND’s booth was open from Friday through Sunday at this year’s event, hosted by Mr. McKee and many of the club members including: Maverick Lara '19 (co-president), Andrew Tandoc '19 (co-president), Joseph Picchi '18 (secretary), Haleigh Johnson '19 (co-historian), Giselle Fong '19 (treasurer), Samantha Reynolds '19 (co-historian), and members Anthony Layson '19, Alec Jackman '20, and Johann Myers '21. The club hopes to return to the event in 2019 with improvements to their electro mechanical pinball games and possibly a new game using computer-programmed components.
The Maker Faire is a “gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors [who] come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned.” There are two national Maker Faires, the New York Fair and Bay Area Faire, with smaller local faires, including the first ever Alameda Mini-Maker Faire which will take place July 8 at Alameda Point.
Thank you to parent chaperones Peter Myers and Myla Lara ’88 who volunteered their time to support the STEAM Club at this year’s event.