Where to begin? After all the fun of the Ottawa Maker Market and Mini Maker Faire, my husband encouraged me to apply for the New York Maker Faire. I thought it would be a great opportunity to share what I've been working on and see what new ideas I could bring back. It was all of that and more. Much more! I am pleased to announce that Maker Junior won the Educator's Choice ribbon at the Maker Faire.
My son and I had a fantastic time. We couldn't believe the size and scope of the Faire. We were happy to have a booth set up near the edge of the Young Maker's tent so we could have an entire table for the doodle bots.
The lit up conductive thread and conductive paint projects were popular, as always. The LED headbands were definitely a hit. This little guy was happy to model all three at once.
Most importantly, it was encouraging for me to talk with parents and educators who were excited about the potential of this style of education. Whether it's in the classroom, at home, or within the community, these kinds of simple projects can empower kids to become technology "creators".
On Sunday, I had the pleasure of talking with David Gauntlett, Professor of Media and Communication, and Co-Director of the Communications and Media Research Institute at the University of Westminster. He has a wonderful project "Making Things With Makers About Making". This is the video he made at the Faire. (Maker Junior comes at the 3 minute mark.)