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Testing Our First JUMA Backback Prototype At AT&T Park

On Columbus Day, Claudia Truesdell and I traveled up to AT&T park to test the newest backpack redesign for JUMA. Alite has been working hard to develop a more comfortable and adjustable pack for the JUMA’s high school workers who sell concessions at sporting events.

It was the second game of the playoffs (Giants vs. Cubs) and the stadium was completely sold out. The excitement was contagious and all the JUMA students were full of energy.

JUMA’s programs director, Alvin Yu, helped ...

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An Inside Look at the Recorders for All Design Process

Wednesday morning, the Recorders for All team met to review the engineering progress so far. It was great to get the entire team together. The engineers (Claudia and Kevin) shared their research, and Valerie was able to provide guiding feedback on the current design. These meetings are critical to keep all team members focused and on the same page.

In a nutshell, things are going well! Although a malfunctioning laser cutter recently slowed engineering work (the laser is cutting at an angle), the team has ...

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San Mateo Maker Faire 2016 Was Amazing

Squid Tentacles, each mechanically operated independently by a spinning wheel

This past weekend was Maker Faire 2016 and I went to see "The Greatest Show And Tell on Earth". Suffice it to say, it was well worth the trip.

There are a number of sculptures scattered throughout the Faire, including a massive squid. The tentacles slowly sway and spin each completely independently. They are controlled by hand cranked wheels each operated from one corner of the fence—no electricity required.

One of the main attractions ...

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