October 4, 2012, by Steve Davee
The Maker Ed team is absolutely fired up about our experiences at the World Maker Faire this past weekend. I’d like to share a few highlights of this wonderful event. It’s certainly difficult to do it justice with words. Fortunately, pictures of children, parents and educators go a long way towards illustrating the incredible energy and excitement of the World Maker Faire.
On Friday, students and educators from the region were invited for an early preview of the Faire. This was our chance to meet with teachers and makers as well. I had a great time taking photos and videos in an attempt to capture the excitement and engagement of the day. The power of this meeting of making and education is evident in the faces of both the students and makers in these photos.
In the evening, Maker Ed and NYSCI’s Makerspace hosted a meetup of educators to further connect makers with educators from a wide variety of settings.
Maker Ed Cafe
Under the Cognizant Young Makers Pavilion, Maker Ed hosted presenters, panels, workshops,discussions, and a place to meet and converse about making and education. The following is a sample of the activity and programming in the Education Cafe.
I have missed more than a few of our wonderful makers that contributed to such a successful and enlightening Education Cafe. Our complete program can be found here.
Many thanks to all who attended and contributed to our Maker Ed Cafe programming!
Personally, the most important thing I have taken away from the Faire is a sense of the incredible energy and excitement about making and education. For all of us at Maker Ed, we look forward to building on this excitement, strengthening the connections we made, and acting on the wonderful inspirations we encountered at every turn. Please join us, and stay in touch!
Inspired by the Faire? Please feel free to contact me at Steve@MakerEd.org to share your stories of inspiration, suggestions for further blog coverage, and feedback regarding the Education Cafe.