"Making" is all the rage right now. In recent years, educators throughout the country have been emphasizing STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), and they've found that a great way to get those lessons to stick is to let kids design and build their own creations, whether they be out of LEGOs, robotics, fabric or recycled materials. In other words, adult makers are teaching kids how to be makers.
Milwaukee is in the forefront of this movement. There's the Be a Maker space at Betty Brinn Children's Museum, where kids are encouraged to use high tech materials and staff expertise to build their own creations. There are LEGO clubs everywhere, organized by schools and libraries, where kids are called on to channel their inner master builders. There are classes and camps offered by Discovery World where kids learn how to make everything from their own fashion line to skateboards and guitars. And there's tons more.
One way the maker movement has been celebrated throughout the country over the past few years has been through Maker Faires. Described as "the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth, a Maker Faire brings together all the community makers so they can show off their inventions, demonstrate their creations and share their expertise with both their peers and aspiring makers.
Maker Faire Milwaukee is happening Saturday, September 24th from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, September 25th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at State Fair Park. Admission is free, and there will be tons of cool makers for families to see. Like Black Box Bikes showing off home built electric motorcycles. And DIY Dad and Friends, who will be inviting visitors to pick up a favorite writing utensil to work together to draw one of the world's largest doodles. And NASA! Yes, NASA. The Glenn Research Center will be setting up hands-on activities for kids.
Visit Maker Faire Milwaukee's website for more information on the tons of maker opportunities available over the weekend.