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May 02, 2012 16:03 ET

Education Day at Maker Faire Bay Area 2012 Showcases Innovation and the Maker Movement to Local Students and Teachers

SEBASTOPOL, CA--(Marketwire - May 2, 2012) - Maker Faire, the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth, will be hosting its fifth annual Education Day, sponsored by Intel, on Thursday, May 17, at the San Mateo County Event Center. Education Day is a unique field trip experience for local K-12 students and teachers to get a sneak peek at some of the Maker Faire exhibits and workshops via a behind-the-scenes tour. Two thousand teachers and students are expected to attend Education Day events.

Maker Faire has joined forces with Intel Corporation to inspire the next generation of makers with this special preview opportunity. Intel invests more than a $100 million a year in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs. Research shows students become most inspired and dedicated to science and technology when they do real-world projects that have a meaningful impact.

Intel Labs, plus seven individual makers, and more than 100 Intel volunteers are participating in Maker Faire. Intel Labs focuses on defining new user experiences and computing platforms, and the lab's innovations are expected to help re-imagine how computing is experienced in the future.

The "Make Your World" booth, cobranded and designed by Intel Labs with Rockwell Lab, will encourage kids to start thinking about interactivity in their everyday environments. The booth will have a series of making activities plus hands-on workshops, giveaways, and interactive displays.

One of Maker Faire's Goldsmith Sponsors, Oracle, will be highlighting its 21st century learning efforts at the festival this year. Oracle's interactive Java Zone will bring to life storyboarding, 3D animation building, device programming, body motion sensors and more using Java technology. In addition, Oracle supported initiatives ALICE and Greenfoot will be showcased in the DIY Learning area of Maker Faire. Both initiatives are aimed at making Java programming accessible -- and fun! -- to students and will be available at the event for young people to see and learn for themselves.

On Thursday's Education day, held from 11am - 2pm, students and teachers will take 90-minute tours around the festival to visit select makers, participate in activities, and get a bird's eye view of how Maker Faire set-up happens. From 4pm - 7pm, local teachers will be welcomed to the "DIY Learning: The New School Pavilion" showcasing ed-tech ideas and tools that can transform classrooms into focal points of learning by doing.

"Our goal with Education Day at Maker Faire is to reach young people and show them the power of making and innovating," says Dale Dougherty, founding editor and publisher of MAKE magazine and Maker Faire. "At Education Day, students will meet makers who, for example, as kids were blasting rockets and now as adults do high-altitude balloon science. They will hear all kinds of stories like that from our makers that will open their eyes to new and exciting ways of learning and doing. And it will give them hope and inspiration about what's possible for their future."

Education Day tours can be reserved by registering at http://makerfaireedday2012.eventbrite.com/. Group tickets admit 12-15 students and up to 2 adult chaperones for the 90 minute preview tour. The cost is $75.00 per group and tickets are still available. Details on Education Day, tours, cost, parking, etc. can be found at http://makerfaire.com/bayarea/2012/education-day/.

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A celebration of DIY culture, Maker Faire Bay Area 2012 runs Saturday-Sunday, May 19-20, at the San Mateo County Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo. Saturday, 10 am to 8 pm; Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm. $8 - $30; ages 3 and under are free. http://www.makerfaire.com. To purchase tickets, including weekend passes: www.makerfaire.com.

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Maker Faire Sponsors
Maker Faire Bay Area 2012 Goldsmith Sponsors include: Intel, Oracle, RadioShack, Autodesk, General Electric and TechShop.

Produced by MAKE Magazine and O'Reilly Media, Maker Faire is part playground, part science fair, part welding shop, part county fair and 100 percent unique.

Oracle and Java are registered trademarks of Oracle Corporation and/or its affiliates. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

About Maker Faire
The inaugural Maker Faire was held in San Mateo, CA in 2006. Maker Faire Bay Area will celebrate its seventh annual Bay Area event in May 2012 with over 100,000 people in attendance. As Maker Faire has grown in popularity and relevance, additional Faires were launched in 2010 in Detroit and New York City. Community-driven, independently produced Mini Maker Faire events inspired by Maker Faire are now being produced around the United States and the World. Maker Faire is supported by MAKE magazine and O'Reilly Media, the information source for leading-edge computer technologies. For more information about Maker Faire, please visit www.makerfaire.com

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