[islandlabs] Fw: Westport Makerfaire!

Yow-Ning Chang yowning at yahoo.com
Wed May 1 11:01:45 EDT 2019

Thank you so much for sharing, RJ!
The duck is lovely having pieces coming from all over. What a great symbolism of a functional community. 

Absolutely for green and sustainability. Every little bit counts. 
Even the sign of Rotary Club can be inspirational, in its own special way. 

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On Wednesday, May 1, 2019, 10:42 AM, R.J. Petrillo <rjpetrillo at gmail.com> via List <list at lists.islandlabs.org> wrote:

I had the pleasure of visiting the Westport Makerfaire this past weekend, as well as participating in The Great Duck Project - in an attempt to break the world record for largest 3d printed object. They used software to slice the geometry into smaller LEGO-esque bricks, and crowdsourced the printing of them worldwide! Parts came in from all over America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.
There was a lot of FPV and drone stuff from Sacred Heart's engineering department and hobby robotics/drone clubs, a lot of STEM/STEAM vendors, a pinewood derby style thing and a lot of other cool stuff on the one lawn.
There was a big focus on green and sustainability, which I appreciated. People knitting with plastic bags & making grocery bags from old T-shirts. There were some booths on homesteading - making seed bombs, backyard chickens, and backyard beekeeping.
Evidently every food vendor was using compostable cornstarch based plates/straws/cutlery and there were bins all over with folks to help sort and use the proper bin for compost/recycle/incinerate.
All in all - had a wonderful time.

Here's an album on Google Photos of some photos we took - granted it is mostly focused on the Duck, but still.

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