Gateway was the first school in Santa Cruz with a maker space, and we’re the only ones with the Maker Faire!

The ultimate form of Show and Tell, the Santa Cruz Mini Maker Faire is the region’s premier gathering of makers, crafters, artists, and enthusiasts. Part science fair, part county fair, the event seeks to inspire the public through Do-It-Yourself science, technology and art, hands-on workshops, panels, and much more.  The Faire has featured electric race cars, interactive kinetic sculptures, laser pianos, digital sandboxes, boat- and bridge-building engineering challenges, aerial arts demonstrations, First Robotics teams, fire-breathing dragon sculptures, and much more.

Gateway is proud to be the founder, organizer, and primary sponsor of the event. By bringing the Faire to Santa Cruz, our community sees first-hand that the “making mindset” drives many people, whether amateur hobbyists or professional entrepreneurs. This event is an extension of our mission to inspire children to lead lives of purpose, and our goal for students to discover their individual and collective potential to make positive change in the world.

The inaugural Faire was held in April of 2016.  This first year was breakout success, with over 1600 attendees from all over the Monterey Bay area. In 2017, local company Plantronics — which built the radios for the Apollo missions — joined the event as lead sponsors, and we hosted over 1100 attendees. We also began to attract attention from over the hill, with about 20% of our participating makers having exhibited at other Maker Faires previously. In 2018, Gateway entered a strategic and venue partnership with Cabrillo College, which hosted the event at the Visual, Applied and Performing Arts (VAPA) complex. Almost 1200 attendees enjoyed many new exhibits, including a Drone Racing Course.

We took a break from putting on the Faire in 2019 while we moved to our new campus, but stay tuned about the return of the Faire in 2020.

Learn more at or check out the Mini Maker Faire Facebook page.