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 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.
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!