Essential Question: What would you need to coordinate a “Maker Day” for your school?
According to "How to Make a Maker Faire" (2004-2016), Maker Faire is an organization that sponsors two large maker faires: one in the Bay Area, and the other in New York. Their goal is to showcase and connect makers. They also allow mini maker faires which are sponsored by others around the world. They have a planning section that seems helpful in considering what goes into sponsoring a maker faire even if you do it on your own and don't set it up with maker faire. They suggest thinking about the following 5 areas:
I think in the future it would be cool to incorporate design thinking. However, to start out with this would be a challenge. No one is used to this type of an event or even the process. Things would need to be more guided to get people on board with the process. I would use suggestions in the Maker Day Toolkit 2 to help accomplish this goal. I like moving toward design thinking because it makes it real. You try to solve a problem while at the same time making, which is really cool.
One last thing is the design of this classroom. It is amazing and makes me want to rearrange my classroom more. Would definitely need a layout for a maker day as well. Maybe this could be a design challenge for students? I have seen posts of others doing it. Students could redesign the layout of the classroom to fit their needs and the class could vote on the best design.
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How to Make a Maker Faire. (2004-2016). Retrieved July 14, 2016, from http://makerfaire.com/global/
Maker Challenges. (n.d.). Retrieved July 14, 2016, from http://www.makerspaceforeducation.com/
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