“Maker Faire exemplifies the best coming together of creativity and science. As a teacher I feel it is not only important to convey theories, laws, and equations to my students, but also give them a sense of what can be achieved by the power of these scientific ideas that they can relate to in their day-to-day lives.” —Thanh-Lam N., high school science teacher, San Jose, Calif.
The Maker Education Initiative is going strong in the US where the mission is to create more opportunities for young people to make, and, by making, build confidence, foster creativity and spark interest in science, technology, engineering, math, the arts – and learning as a whole.
In line with our mission to build a strong and vibrant community of makers in our city, Maker Foundation will be hosting a meet-up on Thursday, May 9th from 7-9pm at Mozilla (163 W Hastings St, 2nd Floor) to connect families, leaders, educators, mentors and organizations in order to start a dialogue around young makers in our communities – in a meet-up style format. Interested in coming out? Please RSVP ASAP!
Here are some ideas that are gaining headway:
- Maker Media has put together a really great playbook on how to start makerspaces in schools.
- Planning a Young Makers Program to start in September. This would mean pairing up youth with Maker mentors to build projects for next year’s Maker Faire.
- The Maker Mobile is a mobile workshop space that will be at Maker Faire this year. They are looking for volunteers to help out and for funding.
- If you’re interested in getting involved or starting a community initiative for young makers, maker education or maker spaces in the city, please bring your ideas forward.
- To connect and inspire a new community of individuals in Vancouver interested in jumpstarting this initiative.
- To kickstart the Maker Education Initiative in Vancouver so that Vancouver can be a hub for maker-oriented curriculum and maker spaces in the city
- Eat pizza and have fun!
- So, bring your thinking cap and a stack of business cards and let’s start the conversation.