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CSUB Fab Fest and Kinetic Sculpture Competition

Calling all inventors, tinkerers and crafters: Registration for the CSUB Fab Fest is still open!

The School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering (NSME) is hosting the 2017 Fab Fest and Kinetic Sculpture Competition from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 25, on the Science III lawn at California State University, Bakersfield. Fab Fest is looking for wood workers, metal workers, knitters, crafters, artists and those who “make” just about anything else.

Exhibitor registration closes March 17.

This event is free and will be a family affair with activities for all ages. Some of the activities -- such as building a crash cart, make-your-own rock candy kits, and hands-on, interactive displays for children -- will be hosted by CSUB student clubs. North of the River (NOR) Robots for Tots also will have activities geared toward three- to five-year-old children.

The Kinetic Sculpture Competition will take place starting at 10 a.m. The competition will allow teams of individuals to compete based on the human-powered vehicle they design and create. Participants are encouraged to be creative and promote sustainability by using refurbished materials. The race will include multiple challenges for each vehicle to complete along the route.

The Kinetic Sculpture Competition is the first of its kind at CSUB, and more than 15 teams already have signed up to compete, said Andrea L. Medina, NSME Director of Grants and Outreach.

Competition categories will include Most Creative, Ugliest, Most Innovative, Most Confusing, Loudest, among others. During the competition, activities and exhibits will still be open to those interested in wandering and exploring.

“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, work room, or home and on display for the public to see,” Medina said.

“Last year, we had such a wide variety of exhibitors, including an artist who repurposes plumbing parts to make lamps, a Chinese calligraphy artist, and an engineering student who invented an irrigation system. Fab Fest gives the community the chance to interact with makers and learn about the maker movement.”

While this isn’t the space of a typical craft fair, where people have the opportunity to sell items, it is a chance to showcase inventions, crafts, hobbies and more. This will allow the community to interact with the others to learn about their crafts and/or hobbies. CSUB Fab Fest is a day to encourage the do-it-yourself maker movement.

The event is made possible through its sponsors, Chevron, Edison International, Aera, and partners American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) Student Branch at CSUB, Bakersfield Police Department, and NOR Robots for Tots.

This is a free event for both exhibitors and the community. More information and registration can be found on the website: Construction on the sculptures will take place Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings, as well as Friday afternoons. If media is interested, they are welcome to capture footage in the Performing Arts Quad, which can be arranged with the Public Affairs Department.

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