Watershed students showcase innovative design projects at Mini Maker Faire

Posted:  Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 3:00pm

CAMDEN — Watershed School, Midcoast Maine's independent high school, exhibited their students' inventions at the first Midcoast Mini Maker Faire in the Camden Amphitheater the weekend of September 6. The displays included handmade longboards, gel medium transfers, and a 3D printer.

"Our approach to creativity at Watershed is about learning a process which can be applied to many different projects," said Tom Weis, design instructor at the Watershed School and part-time faculty at Rhode Island School of Design.

The longboards, which are skateboards built for downhill and slalom racing as well as low impact transport, were completed at the end of the spring 2013 semester. The process of building the boards included moulding a seven-layer maple veneer, creating the overall shape, laminating, cutting and sanding. The students were then asked to design a "contemporary coat of arms" to paint onto the piece.

During the fall 2013 semester, a number of the former design students will begin an introductory engineering course in which they will learn to use the 3D printer and apply some of the skills they learned while working on the boards.

Students were proud to share their work with the public. Louisa Crane, a junior at the Watershed School, commented, "Sharing some of what we do here at Watershed was a good way to get out in the community and start off the school year."

The Watershed School is located at 32 Washington Street in Camden. For more information about the design program and innovation at Watershed School, visit watershed-school.org or call 230-7341.