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May 15, 2015 13:15 ET

It's Official! Make: Launches School Maker Faire Program at Maker Faire Bay Area

Educators, Parents, and Students Can Now Host Their Own Maker Faire Courtesy of a Make:-Approved Affiliate Program

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - May 15, 2015) - Maker Media, the parent company of Make: magazine and Maker Faire, introduced a new Maker Faire program today called School Maker Faire. The program is free and designed especially for the K-12 learning community with the focus on getting more schools, across every socioeconomic class, making. At School Maker Faires, young Makers can showcase their innovative and experimental projects in science, engineering, design, and the performance arts alongside their peers and across their educational landscape.

"The Maker Movement has grown so much since the first Maker Faire in 2006," said Dale Dougherty, executive chairman and founder of Maker Media, founder and publisher of Make: and co-founder of Maker Faire. "This is part of our broader strategy to grow our community to a million Makers, and our overarching goal where 'Everybody Makes!' We're thrilled that we can now bring Maker Faires to schools as a way to encourage making among kids as they pursue their passions and interests."

Usually, Maker Faires have been a way for Makers to share their projects, processes and passions, while people visit their booths, ask questions, and engage with the exhibits. In a School Maker Faire, the exhibitors are primarily students, but the event is open to adults in the school community, too. School Maker Faires are free to the public and feature primarily kid-made projects, some from teachers and parents, and several hands-on making activities. Like the flagship events, a School Maker Faire will include a variety of disciplines, among them: art, engineering, crafts, science, food, and music.

"The goal is that, by casting a wider net, more young people and adults will discover making, and in the process, cultivate new Makers in each of these communities," added Dougherty. 

"This is something that, as an educator, I've been wanting for my students for a long time," said Sundi Pierce, Library Media Specialist at Benito Middle School in Tampa, FL. "We're excited to be one of the first to launch a School Maker Faire. It's a natural fit because making enhances the learning going on in the classrooms. Everyone's a Maker no matter their age, we're just getting them started early."

Maker Media makes it easy for parents and school officials to host their own Maker Faire. A School Maker Faire playbook is available with step-by-step guides, checklists, resources, and other assets to help in the planning process. Although this is a new initiative, some schools have already successfully hosted pilot School Maker Faire events, including the Piedmont Unified School District in Piedmont, CA, and The American Cooperative School of Tunis in Tunisia. To learn more about Maker Faire Schools or host one yourself, please visit the homepage at MakerFaire.com/schools.

About MAKER MEDIA
Maker Media is a global platform for connecting makers with each other, with products and services, and with our partners. Through media, events and ecommerce, Maker Media serves a growing community of makers who bring a DIY mindset to technology. Whether as hobbyists or professionals, makers are creative, resourceful and curious, developing projects that demonstrate how they can interact with the world around them. The launch of Make: magazine in 2005, followed by Maker Faire in 2006, jumpstarted a worldwide Maker Movement, which is transforming innovation, culture and education. Headquartered in San Francisco, Maker Media is the publisher of Make: magazine and the producer of Maker Faire. It also develops "getting started" kits and books that are sold in its Maker Shed store as well as in retail channels. The Make: brand caters to a universe of more than 25 million makers collectively across its Make: magazine, makezine.com, Maker Faires, and Maker Shed properties.

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