Maker education may seem new, but the principles of this learner-centered approach date to the work of John Dewey, Seymour Papert and other 20th Century educators and psychologists.
Technology, the Internet and other forces are challenging traditional education models to prepare students for the jobs of the future, and to harness the interests of children and young people who have grown up in a digital world. As a result, maker education has become a powerful influence in K-12 education and an important platform for engaging students in the critical STEAM topics – science, technology, engineering, the arts and math. These subjects – and the creative, problem-solving and collaborative skills that making encourages – will be key to students’ future success and to our community’s long-term workforce and economic development goals.
Maker Faire Milwaukee serves as an information and resource hub for our growing community of makers, and for parents, caregivers, educators, employers and others who want to learn more about the global Maker Movement.
Sponsored by Rockwell Automation, the Education Makerspace will be open on Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm and from 10 am to 5 pm on Sunday. In response to increased interest from the community in maker education programs for schools, faculty training opportunities and other information about this approach to learning and teaching, talks, demonstrations and workshops will be available to all attendees throughout the Faire.
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.