Making – also called project-based learning – is a growing trend in K-12 education. Making is changing how students learn, how educators and schools teach (especially the critical STEAM subjects) and how communities prepare children and young people for living, working and learning in the future. Along with its dramatic influence on education, making is also addressing the skills gap in workforce training, job creation and economic development – key issues for Milwaukee.
Education programs at Maker Faire Milwaukee include special field trip programs, professional development opportunities for classroom teachers, administrators and others in the field, and opportunities for parents and caregivers to learn more about the impact of making on learning.
Registration for our 3rd annual Making in Education conference, designed to showcase best practices and share information, skills and strategies to encourage project-based learning in schools, libraries or other learning spaces, will open in May 2018.
On Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 9 am to 4 pm, the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum and Learn Deep co-hosted the 2nd annual Making in Education Conference, sponsored by Rockwell Automation. Panel discussions, hands-on workshops and presentations developed for professional educators welcomed classroom teachers, administrators and others in the field to learn best practices and share information, skills and strategies to encourage project-based learning in schools, libraries and other learning spaces.
The Betty Brinn Museum, Maker Faire’s co-host, will once again organize Field Trip Friday programs in 2018 for elementary, middle and high-school students. 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 2017 was generously supported by the Harley-Davidson Foundation, allowing us to welcome more than 700 students – many from high-needs neighborhoods – to the Faire!