October 10 – 11 marked the third annual No Co Mini Maker Faire held in Loveland at the Rocky Mountain Center for Innovation and Technology. E3 has been a part of the Faire from the very beginning! Since I also work for Elise VanDyne, the Faire’s producer, (I’m the Assistant Maker Fairey!) E3 mentor and friend, Harrison Hand, manned our table to share information with visitors about the program. Thank you, Harrison!
Our students were well represented this weekend! Caleb Jordan, Gabrielle Mizer and Holden Sherard all volunteered during the weekend. The Faire is run on volunteer help, so the commitment of these young people is vital to its success. Community service is an important part of building a professional portfolio as young people learn the importance of giving back to the community in which they live.
Holden Sherard, third year E3 student, also had several displays at the Faire. He and his mentor, engineer Ed VanDyne, were in contention for the DaVinci Institute’s Inventors Showcase award for their invention, the Wave Solar Generator.
You may remember Pokey, the Fire-Breathing Dragon, Holden’s project from the 2014 Faire…Pokey was also on hand to delight the attendees. He’s always a crowd favorite! Holden is a member of the Young Aviators’ 43 Club in addition to his work with E3. This amazing group of young people designed and built a replica of the forward third of a full-scale North American B25J “Mitchell” bomber. It was one of the most discussed and visited displays at the Faire!
Dustyn E. was on hand with his mentor, Cal Pierce and the crew at Far Away Creations. Dusty is passionate about learning the art of prop design and his work with Cal has given him great opportunities to experience authentic learning in this specialized field. Their Star Wars themed display was also a crowd favorite! Dusty has even started his own prop design company, Step-Stone Props!
The Maker Movement and the personalized learning focus of E3 are a natural fit. Our students are creative makers who have the potential to rock the world with their ideas! If you were unable to attend this year’s Faire, I hope you’ll watch for the announcement of next year’s event and save the date. You’ll be glad you did!