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Why The Maker Movement Is a Perfect Fit For Cape Cod


People have long come to the Cape and Islands as a place to let their minds wander. Artists and scientists in  particular have built communities here for their ideas. Now the Cape Cod Makers are adding their energy to the region.

You may have heard of the maker movement. Often we hear about maker spaces where individuals can learn to use state-of-the-art technology, gain access to resources they could not otherwise, and exchange ideas with a community of creative-minded people who make all kinds of things. 

Makers Chris Connors and Paula Hersey sat down with me to talk about the Cape Cod Makers and the Mini Maker Faire, and we had an EGG-cellent time.

For more about the Cape Cod Makers visit their website:

Chris Connors brought along his Egg Bot, and made us some WCAI Eggs.

Chris Connors is an engineering and creativity educator. He has contributed to MAKE magazine as a writer of education, technology and creativity for the online environment. Chris is a teacher of photography, art, engineering, computer programming and digital fabrication, currently in computer technology at Martha’s Vineyard High School.  As a Makers Space guru he also sits on the Board of Directors for the Cape Cod Makers. Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Art Education and Visual Design from UMass Dartmouth and a Masters of Education in Interdisciplinary Studies from Lesley University.

Paula Hersey is the Director of Outreach & Special at Cape Cod Community Media Center in Dennisport. She has eighteen years of progressive experience in graphic web design, database development, web site production, and project management. She also has many years of experience training non-technical persons in interfacing with technology. Paula also serves as President and long time member of the Cape Cod Technology Council, is a member of the Workforce Investment Board, a member of the Cape Cod Makers Board, a member and past President of ABWA and an alumna and past board member of the Community Leadership Institute. 

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Alecia Orsini is an award winning independent filmmaker and multi-media professional. She joined the team at WCAI in March of 2012 as a part time host. She became the Special Projects Assistant for Development department, where she coordinated events, volunteers and managed member engagement. As the Development Associate she continues to bring more meaningful connections to WCAI's members, fostering donor support of the station. Alecia also continues to fill in as host for Weekend Edition and All Things Considered.