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 2018 Faire will feature these special programs and opportunities for attendees that showcase the impact of the Maker Movement on these important topics for our community:

  • The 3rd Annual Making in Education Conference, sponsored by Rockwell Automation
    • Presented by the Be A Maker Teacher Studio (a partnership between the Betty Brinn Museum’s Brinn Labs and the the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Education), the Conference is part of a year-round professional development program for classroom teachers, school and district administrators, STEM/STEAM coordinators, librarians and others in the field.  The 2018 conference on Saturday, September 29 will showcase best practices in project-based learning, and share resources, skills and strategies that address both the needs and interests of existing educational makerspaces and organizations in the early stages of the developing of maker education programs.
  • The Industry, Career & College Exchange, sponsored by ManpowerGroup
    • In addition to opportunities for visitors and exhibitors to connect about specific job and education opportunities, this new feature of Maker Faire Milwaukee will include speakers, workshops and roundtable discussions about the STEM skills gap, the future of manufacturing, apprenticeship and technical college programs, and the growing role of makers and makerspaces in business, industry and higher education.
  • Maker Faire Field Trip Friday, sponsored by the Harley-Davidson Foundation
    • Now in its 4th year, Field Trip Friday is a special opportunity for students in grades 4-12 to meet and work with exhibitors before the Faire opens to the public.  More than 400 students who participate in this event are from high-needs neighborhoods and they visit the Faire grounds free of charge.

The 2018 Making in Education Conference

Sponsored by Rockwell Automation

The Making in Education Conference will be held on Saturday, September 29, 2018 from 9 am to 4 pm. Panel discussions, hands-on workshops and presentations are for professional educators – 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.

Field Trip Friday

Sponsored by Harley-Davidson

The Betty Brinn Museum, Maker Faire’s co-host, will once again host 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 welcomes more than 700 students – many from high-needs neighborhoods – to the Faire!