Thanks to the District Five Foundation, the InvenTeam at the Center for Advanced Technical Studies (CATS) was able to fund their most recent project, the Telepresence Amusement Park Ride. It was presented at EdVenture Children’s Museum on June 14, 2014, as part of the Columbia Mini Maker Faire, and attendees were able to experience this event firsthand.
The InvenTeam represents “a group of students who promote a culture of invention, engage in problem-based learning and foster a mindset of civic-mindedness” according to Dr. Martin Cwiakala, the coach for this high school team. For this project, InvenTeam built a model Ferris wheel mounted with a wireless camera. The participants, or “riders,” wear video glasses as the model moves. By transmitting the camera images to the video glasses, the participants feel as if they are riding a Ferris wheel.
The second annual Columbia Mini Maker Faire took place Saturday, June 14, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Maker Faire is the “Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth”—a festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. For more information about the Mini Maker Faire, visit makerfairecolumbiasc.com.