Water Computers, Plastic Recyclers, & Earth Air Studies from Space at DTLA Mini Maker Faire 2018

Jessica Krill, Librarian, Digital Content Team,
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DTLA Mini Maker Faire 2018 takes place Saturday, December 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at our historic Central Library in Downtown Los Angeles.

This event is free, open to the public, and fun for the everyone! We encourage you to register on our Eventbrite page and visit our Facebook event to show the world you are attending.

We have many creative Makers showcasing their projects, inventions, craftsmanship, creativity, and sharing in the do-it-yourself (DIY) and do-it-together (DIT) spirit this year. Check out some of our favorites.

Photo of Anderson's Famous Water Computer, Photo of Glen Anderson

Anderson's Famous Water Computer

  • Who they are: Glen Anderson worked as a chip designer for years in Silicon Valley and loves inspiring the next generation of computer enthusiasts.
  • What they do: Glen has built a computer from plastic boxes, rubber flaps, vinyl tubing, and ping pong balls. It is an educational model of the NMOS digital logic family, powered purely by water, and recirculates using human or electrical power.
  • Why they rock: Glen's water computer shows how computers work from the lowest level up to the addition of small numbers. It involves hands on interactivity with participants plugging and unplugging tubes into spouts with flowing water. Participants and spectators will be able to see the computer react in response to actions.

Closed Loop Plastics Logo and Photos of Co-Founders

Closed Loop Plastics

  • Who they are: Closed Loop Plastics founders Will Amos and Aldrin Lupisan are recent graduates of UC Irvine’s Environmental Engineering program. They started CLP to help reduce plastic waste and provide materials for prototypes and manufacturing at the same time.
  • What they do: Closed Loop Plastics is an innovative recycler that takes post consumer plastic waste and turns it into engineering grade materials for 3D printing and other forms of manufacturing.
  • Why they rock: Trillions of pounds of plastic are thrown away in the United States every year polluting land and ocean. Closed Loop Plastics invests in research and development of cost efficient equipment to enhance the recycling infrastructure in the U.S.

OCO-2 Logo, Photo of Karen Yuen

Show me the light!

  • Who they are: Karen Yuen is the NASA Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) Science Data Applications Lead, Project Communications Manager, and the NASA Deputy Program Associate for the upcoming OCO-3 on ISS.
  • What they do: OCO-2 is NASA's first mission studying Earth's atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) and solar induced chlorophyll fluorescence (SIF) from space.
  • Why they rock: Karen will be sharing her expertise about spectrometers and how they work. Participants will be able to see how different colors show spikes in the monitor and learn how this data is valuable to researchers.

Reserve your free tickets for DTLA Maker Faire 2018 today to see all our amazing makers in action!