Templeton Maker’s Faire shows off student’s abilities

May 6, 2017


Templeton High School hosted the Maker’s Faire, a learning and tinkering opportunity for students, last Wednesday. More than 1,100 people turned out to see what these incredible students created.

Developer and physics teacher Jason Diodati started the Maker’s Faire to provide students an opportunity to develop and show off their talents by building projects on their own.

“The intent is to inspire students to make things themselves,” Diodati said.

While Diodati provides guidance, the students learn primarily from their experiences as they solve their own problems.

In addition, Dan Davis started a Maker’s Faire, which involves industrial arts, fine arts and wood working, at Templeton Junior High School.

Davis uses a little different approach in teaching these young students to “learn by doing,” and to “think outside the box.”

For the main event at the Maker’s Faire, drones battled it out in the high school gymnasium.

Spencer Murray built a bamboo bike. He first considered a carbon fiber bike then switched to a bamboo carbon bike. Spencer wants to go to college and become a mechanical engineer, he said.

Photo by Richard Bastian

Ian Raad wants to sell his penny round table to the highest bidder. It took him over 11 hours to glue 3,000 pennies on his project.

Photo by Richard Bastian

Adrian Flannegan was inspired to make a lighted coffee table because he likes working with wood, he said. Flannegan hopes that people will look at his coffee table and want to create something made out of wood themselves.

Photo by Richard Bastian

Speaking of unusual coffee tables, Brikh Karred really went all out in creating a lighted fish tank coffee table.

Photo by Richard Bastian

“I really enjoy going out fishing with my grandfather, family and friends so I wanted to build something that would combine them all together,” Karred said.

Karred is also the catcher for the Templeton Varsity Baseball team. He plans to play baseball in college, and hopes to go on to play for a major league team.

Hendrix Nunez said he likes things that light up, so he came up with his unusual piece of art. Nunez said he doesn’t know just yet what he wants to do, but the talented sophomore has time to think about it.

Photo by Richard Bastian

Nolan Edwards, a 14-year-old at Templeton Middle School, created a solar cell phone charger with the help of his mentor, Dan Davis.

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Meghan McClancy created two A-frame plant stands, one made from light birch and the other from redwood. In addition to woodworking, McClancy publishes two magazines called Transcend. She began publishing in February in an attempt to offer something different.

Photo by Richard Bastian

“I wanted to talk about real life, things that matter, following ones dreams, and people who are inspirational,” McClancy said. She was recently accepted into Cal Poly where she wants to study marketing.

In support of alternative energy, Emma Gray created a water heater that draws its energy from the sun. It serves two functions: running a pump from solar energy and heating black coils that heat up pool water to about 80 degrees.

Photo by Richard Bastian

Madison Holmes built an electric guitar out of a cigar box that runs off of a nine volt battery. Madison said he’s played the guitar for more than two weeks and hasn’t had to change the batteries yet. What he likes best is that he can take the guitar anywhere, even if there is no there is not an electric outlet.

Photo by Richard Bastian

A student who loves surfing, Josh Morrin built a surfboard chair out of a surfboard and driftwood.

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Maggie Lee, who wants to be a space engineer after graduating college, created a orrey orbit of the solar system. In Lee’s model, gears cause the planets to orbit the sun.

Photo by Richard Bastian

In the battle of the drones, each drone operator tried to knock their opponents’ drones out of the competition. The object is to land your drone on top of one table and then to the next, scoring points each time you land.

Photo by Richard Bastian


Was encouraging to see these young minds being developed by teachers who go the extra mile.

Today we hear so much negative reporting regarding our youth. perhaps if there were more teachers and programs such as The Makers Faire that might change.

While I am at it I can’t help to also say something in support of CalCoastNews.

Observe current events taking place at the highest level of our government and see how those in high positions are doing what they can in diverting attention away from information which could lead to the impeachment of the president.

Also tactics applied to bring doubt on news reporting.

I can only say it deeply saddens me that The Telegram Tribune falls far short in upholding to the high standards of what true journalist are suppose to be, that is to report fairly on events which have a direct impact on members of society. I cannot and will not paint all reporters at the Trib with the same broad brush, as that would be unfair.

I can say that when I was personally provided with information concerning a then police chief and handing that information over to a reporter at the Trib, believing that reporter would follow up with the information only to learn later that the reporter turned that information over to the police chief.

I had learned of it when I came across the chief sometime later when the chief told me, ” I know what you did, I have friends at the Telegram Tribune”.

Who ever said life was fair! Journalist are in my humble opinion are to be trustworthy, honest in whose word you can trust and depend upon for telling the truth.

During the first Diablo Nuclear Power Plant Blockade in 1978 while working with UPI I was arrested for trespassing when landing on the jetty to get pictures of the protesters as they were coming onto the plant site.

The Telegram Tribune didn’t come to my defense in support of my right to cover the news when and where news events take place, even tho I had all the proper press credentials on my person and had been cleared by PG&E to cover the event. I wasn’t expecting the Trib to fight for me per say, but to defend our right to cover the news.

Take a look at what’s taking place today when we have a president vilifying the media, it’s called “kill the messenger when what is being reported hits to close to home and you want to divert attention away from the issue in question.” What has been done to Cal Coast News is beyond shameful with the recent court verdict. If CCN had had a wheelbarrow full of money to fight the powers to be it’s a foregone conclusion the case would have turned out differently.

In spite what some may think CCN in their reporting has never been out to sling mud or falsely accuse anyone, that’s not what they’re about, they just aren’t your embedded journalist who march to the orders or kiss the masters cheeks for perks and treats, they are the true watch dogs for the people, shinning their journalistic spotlight into those dark corners where deeds in secret are done.

Listen closely how those in high places are clambering for the heads of whistle blowers. The people who are unhappy with what’s taking place coming forward providing valuable information in where to look and trails to follow that will lead an investigative journalist to the facts, better known as “the truth of the matter”.

Pay close attention to the diversion tactics that will wipe a story off the headlines of a newspaper and the 6:o’clock news as well.

War looms heavy, we are living in times unimaginable are we not, killing the messenger will not prevent the inevitable, take that one to the bank and know what were not being told will hit us harder than what we could have ever thought, for the messenger has been killed thanks to those who believe power rules king in the trenches of the swamp!

,It takes place on a national scale and in small communities as well, Cal Coast News now more than ever needs our support by speaking out against those the messenger they’re trying to kill, doing so with alternative facts that our sense of smell should tell us is nothing more than a lie, or are we that far gone not to care. Not my problem, oh but you think not, then just wait, cuss we ain’t seen nothing yet! and if a investigative journalist is prevented in shining their journalistic light in bringing truth to a matter of importance, or to vilify anyone who is brave enough to point a journalist in the right direction, then a uninformed society will be born and all will become puppets to the masters, dancing to any tune of their choice at the shout of their command.


My first attendance at this event and I was amazed at its size and scope. Some really fantastic ideas and efforts went into the students projects. Tremendous enthusiasm.

Way to go students and educators! You really shine!


It’s great to see young adults receive attention for applying themselves for good, clean, needed and useful work. Your hard work shows students ( and mentors )! Thank you for bringing this to our community’s attention through the pictures and article. The positivity in the words and great photos are appreciated. Looking forward to hearing about the success of these young adults in the near future!


Kudos to students, teachers, and sponsors!

Sure looks like these kids are learning more in High School than those taking Beyonce courses at Cal Poly.