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Inspire your students at Education Day, a unique preview of Maker Faire. On the Thursday or Friday before Maker Faire, students get a sneak peek tour of Maker Faire as it is being set up for the weekend. Students meet and interact with selected Makers, participate in Maker activities, see Maker performances and get a glimpse of the setup process for this large-scale event over the course of a 120-minute tour of the fairgrounds.
As leaders in the Maker Movement, we are dedicated to celebrating and inspiring Makers. We are particularly interested in how this approach might reach students who don’t fit well into the existing system or who have already dropped out of it. At Maker Faire, there are no winners or losers — anything that’s cool is fair game. It’s not a competition, and there aren’t prizes, so there are no judges deciding who has succeeded and who has failed. Yet Makers — some with two PhDs, others who never graduated from anywhere — are motivated to spend long hours in their studios, shops, kitchens, and garages finishing their projects. Makers work in art, craft, engineering, music, food, science, technology, health, and often in several of these areas at once. Their projects are thoughtful, challenging, and innovative. But most importantly, we notice that all Makers are curious and motivated people.
- Inspiration : to participate in the creative economy and direct their own future
- Innovation : a catalyst for grassroots invention
- Education : building a connection between the community and learners
We hope that through Maker Faire Education Day, students will:
- Meet, interact, and converse with individual Makers, who are sharing their unique passions
- Become exposed to the wide breadth of art, science, engineering, history, and interdisciplinary subject areas that all involve making
- Experience a live performance or demonstration
- Engage in a hands-on project or activity, resulting in a product to take home
- Work on a collaborative project or share experiences with other students, teachers, chaperones, Makers, or members of the community
- Become exposed to, and feel welcomed and supported in, the Maker community
- Be inspired with at least one new idea to try at home or in school
- Be enticed to return on Saturday or Sunday!