july, 2018

24jul(jul 24)9:00 AM27(jul 27)12:00 PMSold Out!Designing the Earth - Maker Camp 2018


Event Details

Recommended for ages 7-13

July 24-27, 9a to 12p

In this 4-day summer camp, participants will explore the applications of sustainable development as applied to water conservation, humble life in tiny homes, alternative energy sources, and sustainable gardening with aquaponics. Participants will design a tiny house of their own on SketchUp and build a simple small cabinet with 3D-printed parts as an example of how to be creative with their repairs, build a water system with a microcontroller, and create a small garden to ensure all basic needs are met.

Daily Topics

Day 1 – Design of tiny homes

Day 1 will provide an overview of the summer camp and what will be accomplished over the course of the week.  We will provide an introduction to the tiny house movement and how rapid technological progress has often leaves the environmental impact of our lifestyle unaccounted for. Though tiny homes are often touted for their mobility, we will be exploring how living small can help preserve the environment. Participants will use SketchUp to design their own virtual tiny home which can be viewed in VR once completed. Participants will also learn how to create lightweight and 3D printable furniture.

Day 2 – Complete Design and Viewing of Tiny Homes, Water System Construction, Alternative Energy Sources

Participants will finish viewing their designs of their tiny homes in VR. We will then begin designing and constructing a simple water pump system, possible implementing a way of purifying grey water treatment system to help conserve water. We will use Adafruit and MaKey MaKey chips to streamline how the water system works and learn how to power the system with alternative energy sources.

Day 3 – Complete Electrical wiring, Maintenance and Furnishing

Participants will also learn how to create lightweight and 3D-printable furniture with CAD. We will also explore the applications of 3D scanning objects to skip measuring and modeling, and how to decide when to do one over the other. Participants will be challenged with designing their own furniture efficient furniture that could possibly use 3D printed parts.

Day 4 – Aquaponics Garden

Participants will learn the benefits of using an aquaponics system to grow their own food and how they could implement this type of gardening system with their tiny home or actual home.  We will explore how chemicals have a natural flow in nature and how aquaponics can replicate this system to produce little to no waste.


24 (Tuesday) 9:00 AM - 27 (Friday) 12:00 PM Mountain Standard Time


Fab Lab El Paso

601 N. Oregon St. Suite 2 El Paso, TX 79901

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Cathy Chencchen@fablabelpaso.org