Free Maker Field Trip for 1,500 Students at Remake Learning Education Friday to Kick Off 2017 Maker Faire Pittsburgh
Remake Learning Education Friday, a behind-the-scenes, first look at Maker Faire Pittsburgh 2017, will be held Friday, October 13, for 1,500 local students and teachers. This special making-themed field trip will give students direct access to the makers and innovators of the Faire before the event opens to the public on October 14-15 at Children's Museum of Pittsburgh and Buhl Community Park on Pittsburgh’s North Side.
This unique event, sponsored by Chevron and The Grable Foundation, introduces students and educators to the ever-growing maker movement and the boundless ways individuals can learn through making. “The maker movement is taking hold in our region’s basements, garages, libraries, museums and classrooms,” stated Lee Ann Wainwright, Chevron Policy, Government, and Public Affairs Representative. “Making is the intersection of STEAM learning and promotes creativity, collaboration, problem-solving, and persistence. It is project-based, inherently motivating and engaging way to learn that spans generations.”
At Remake Learning Education Friday, students grades 2 - 12 from around the region can meet and interact with 45 different makers, take part in DIY workshops, enjoy collaborative activities and get a behind-the scenes look at the production of Maker Faire Pittsburgh. “Kids are no longer passive recipients of information,” says Sunanna Chand, Learning Innovation Strategist for the Remake Learning Council. “They’re active creators, tinkerers and builders. They are the creators of knowledge that will drive the 21st century.”
In a recent article for TIME Magazine, Tim Bajarin, President of Creative Strategies, Inc. writes: “Maker Faires, along with tireless efforts of teachers, educators and companies rallying around STEM, can plant seeds of interest and help cultivate these future scientists and engineers. If they are successful, they will create the next generation of leaders who will guide and power the businesses, schools and homes of tomorrow. To that end, Maker Faires’ true importance lies in its focus on getting kids interested in making things.”
This value was also recently recognized by Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin, citing makerspaces as integral to helping students acquire skills for manufacturing careers at this week's Pennsylvania Manufacturing Week.
“The response to our 2nd annual Remake Learning Education Friday again demonstrates the high demand by our region’s educators and community groups in maker learning,” stated Maker Faire Artistic Director Zena Ruiz, “reminding us all of the importance of Maker Faires, making and the voracious appetite kids and educators today have for authentic making and DIY experiences.”
Please Note: General admission to the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh for non-field trip visitors on October 13 is $5 per person. Maker exhibits will be located in many Museum exhibit areas.
About Maker Faire Pittsburgh
Maker Faire is a community-based learning event that inspires everyone to become a maker! The Faire features technology, art, and other projects created by makers themselves, including student projects, Power Racing and autonomous vehicles, Robots and Robotics, Drones, 3-D print making, Electronics, Fuzzy Puppets, Workshops, Indie Crafts, Gaming, Manufacturing, Special Effects, textile arts and crafts, and more. In addition to displays and exhibits, Maker Faire Pittsburgh will feature special performances, demonstrations and workshops featuring 3D printing, laser cutting, microcontrollers, silk screening… and so much more. Maker Faire Pittsburgh 2017 takes place October 14-15 on the Historic Northside at Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and Buhl Community Park. Admission to Maker Faire Pittsburgh 2017 is FREE. Learn more at pittsburgh.makerfaire.com.
About Children’s Museum Pittsburgh
Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh is a place that delights and inspires children, where they can take off on fantastic flights of imagination daily and return to earth to ink a silkscreen and build and tinker with old and new technologies and cutting-edge media. With 80,000 square feet of space, the Museum welcomes more than 306,000 visitors annually and provides “real stuff” experiences for play, learning and fun. The Museum’s permanent exhibit MAKESHOP® was built in 2011 to create a space for children and families to make, play and design using the same materials, tools and processes used by professional artists, builders, programmers and creators of all kinds. The Museum’s maker-focused initiatives include serving as a Maker Corps site for the Maker Education Initiative, Mobile MAKESHOP, MAKEnight (21+) events and presenting the Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire from 2011-2013 and Feature Maker Faire Pittsburgh from 2015-2017. Learn more at pittsburghkids.org.