Education at Maker Faire Milwaukee

Making – also called project-based learning – is changing how students learn, how educators and schools teach (especially the critical STEAM subjects – science, technology, engineering, the arts and math) and how communities prepare children and young people for living, working and learning in the future.

Along with its dramatic influence on K-12 education, making is also changing higher education and workforce training.  And, in our rapidly changing society, making has become a focus in developing strategies to foster economic and community development.

Maker Faire Milwaukee serves as an information and resource hub for our growing community of makers and for those who want to learn more about the dynamic global Maker Movement. The 2019 Faire will feature special programs and opportunities for attendees that showcase the impact of the Maker Movement on these important topics for our community:

  • Making in K-12 Education
  • The STEM Skills Gap
  • Workforce Training and Economic Opportunity in High-Needs Neighborhoods
  • Job Creation and Business Development
  • Vocational training and apprenticeship programs, and the growing role of makers and makerspaces in business, industry and higher education.

Field Trip Friday


The Betty Brinn Children’s Museum will once again host Field Trip Friday programs in 2019 for students in grades 4-12. Field Trip Friday includes an orientation with a Museum maker, a schedule of hands-on workshops and demonstrations with Faire exhibitors, a behind-the-scenes tour of the Faire and opportunities to talk with makers who will exhibit their work over the weekend.  Maker Faire Field Trip Friday welcomes more than 900 students – many from high-needs neighborhoods – to the Faire.