Student showcasing his work to the community
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The Maker Movement Shines at CSU Bakersfield's Fab Fest


This weekend’s event brings together inventors, tinkerers and crafters, along with the Bakersfield community, to showcase student innovation.

Student showcasing his work to the community

A CSU Bakersfield student presenting his work at last year's event. Photo courtesy of The Runner, CSU Bakersfield


Tomorrow, March 25, CSU Bakersfield will celebrate the "Maker Movement"—a do-it-yourself community of independent inventors, designers and tinkerers—at the 2017 Fab Fest, hosted by the School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering (NSME).

Fab Fest is a chance for CSUB students who are woodworkers, metal workers, knitters, crafters, artists, or "makers" of just about anything else, to showcase their work.

The highlight of the event, the Kinetic Sculpture Competition, features human-powered vehicles designed and created by student teams. The vehicles—all of which are made from refurbished materials—will race through multiple challenges, then judged in categories such as  "Most Creative," "Most Innovative," "Ugliest," and "Loudest."

Children's activities include workshops on how to build a crash cart and make rock candy, as well as interactive displays for kids.

"NSME is very excited to host another event that gives tinkerers, inventors, hobbyists, makers, and crafters the opportunity to bring their creations out of the garage, workroom, or home and on display for the public to see," said Andrea L. Medina, NSME director of grants and outreach, in a recent interview with CSUB. "Fab Fest gives the community the chance to interact with makers and learn about the Maker Movement."