Our local Maker Faire date is set for a time outside of school - which obviously could happen. I voiced my opinion that perhaps next year they could make it during the school year so younger people would be around to participate with their maker projects. Here is the response I got:
I am sorry.
The first week or two of June is our spot in the year – like last time.
Its really an event geared for families – not just children.
We are focusing on makers who make throughout the year and not just a “science project” type event.
Maybe we could do something for the kids here when your STEM projects are happening? Show them off here on a date?
My students last year presented their completely original design of roller coasters and I guess this falls into their science project category, but I fail to see how promoting businesses of 3-D printing is more "Maker" than student created work. Last year my students spoke to business people, interested families, and other kids about what they created. There were a lot of community artists and technical people, and mixed in various ages of schools. We didn't have thousands show up like other cities, but it was respectable for the first showing. Many adults were surprised at what they had built and asked fantastic questions about developing it in their own children. My students realized we were part of a much larger community of people who create artistic science but also got to meet people in fields they had never thought about. I can present what we do to parents, or at our local fair, but I liked this venue because there were professionals around they could speak to.
We were hoping to take our original designed chairs that we are creating and building out of wood this year. They have been working through 3-D drawings and measurements this week, and we're going to start sawing and drilling next week.
So, I guess my question is: what is the difference between a school project like roller coasters, survival shelters, pallet furniture, versus a maker project?
What do you "non-school" folks think?