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Tue, 1/30/2018, 9:00AM - 12:00AM
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Is a Maker Faire Right for Your School?
Staff developer helping a studentStaff developers from the WNYRIC joined the Buffalo Maker Faire for a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness at the Buffalo Science Museum. WNYRIC staff developers provided a variety of hands-on robotic experiences, which are also available for schools.

The technologies that engaged youngsters ranged from a Blue-bot, which teaches the basics of coding coding as students use an app to control its movement, to a Makey Makey tool that helps students learn about circuits and currents. Marley Smith and Antonio Scordo, staff developers with the WNYRIC, helped show students how to use these different technologies. However, you don’t have to wait for the next faire to see them. These technologies are currently available from the WNYRIC to use in any school.

“Whether your class is interested in drones or coding, we have several pilots available for the 17-18 school year,” said Scordo.  “We can bring devices out to your district to work with project-based learning in your classroom.  We are also happy to pilot in your district with devices you already own.”  

Districts are encouraged to share their interest in participating in a pilot by filling out the following online survey. 

Schools often host Maker Faires because they are a perfect combination of part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new. 

“School districts are not always aware that they must meet a set of criteria and have approval to organize a Maker Faire,” added Scordo. “Marker Faire is a brand name with an organization committed to upholding a pre-determined set of standards.”

Before creating a full Maker Faire, some schools choose to do a STEM fair on a smaller scale, such as a Maker Expo to allow students to showcase their creative talents in areas such as quilting, pottery or electronics and robotics. Antonio working with student

Supporting every school with a learning goal that they are most comfortable exploring is important to Scordo and his WNYRIC colleagues. They can help districts who would like to have a fair but aren’t sure where to begin to plan such an event. 

“Depending on the scope and the desired outcome of the school, some districts choose to start with school-wide a STEM fair. Others are comfortable starting with classroom-based projects. It varies,” he said.

Should your school district like to host a Maker Faire, a STEM fair, or a classroom pilot - the WNYRIC is proud to provide consultation.
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