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2010 Projects

Starting in January 2010 we launched a small pilot run of the Young Makers Program consisting of 18 teens selected from around the Bay Area. Here are a few of the projects that were exhibited at Maker Faire as part of that pilot run. More information can be found here, and more pictures are available in the image gallery.

 
 Team Habitable

Young Makers Janavi, Pearl, and Hana teamed up with their mentor Yoshi to create a table that doubles as a hamster habitat. The motivation for the project was that pet habitats are often ugly metal contraptions that are functional, but far from aesthetic. The goal of this project was to create a habitat that was functional, beautiful, and customizable. 
 
 Longboard trucks

Colin and Joseph had an idea for a new kind of skateboard truck that would provide more control at high speed. They worked with their mentor Danny to realize the design using SolidWorks, a CAD program. They then used Danny's CNC milling machine to create a prototype of the truck to exhibit at Maker Faire.
 
 Saphira

Young Makers Sam, Alex, and Joseph, worked with their mentors and dads Tony and David to create Saphira, an 8 ft metal fire breathing dragon inspired by the character of the same name from the novel Eragon. You can read more about her here.
 
 The Levitron

Jake and his mentor Tom designed and built an electro-magnetic device that is capable of levitating a steel ball weighing a few ounces.
 
 Flaming Chopper

Nathaniel turned a broken stand up electric scooter into a "flaming chopper" with some help from his mentors Sean and Michael (his dad). In the process Nathaniel learned how to use an oxy-acetylene torch and a MIG welder.

 
 Mobile Spy Camera

Jeremy together with his mentors Tony and David (his dad) created this mobile vehicle that doubled as a spy camera. The vehicle was equipped with a wireless web cam that send a video stream back to a laptop.
 
 Ladder-vator

Evan and his dad and mentor Colin created the Ladder-vator, a device that consists of a container strapped to a ladder to carry materials up to roofing workers.

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