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Maker Faire's Education Day Brings the Maker Movement to Life for Local Students and Teachers


Maker Faire's Education Day Brings the Maker Movement to Life for Local Students and Teachers

SEBASTOPOL, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 04/02/13 -- Maker Faire, the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth, will be hosting its sixth annual Education Day on Thursday, May 16, at the San Mateo County Event Center. Education Day, sponsored by Intel Corporation, is a unique field trip experience for Bay Area K-12 students and teachers to get a "backstage preview" and visit some of the Maker Faire exhibits and makers as the event is being set up.

Held from 11am - 2pm two days before the Faire opens, Education Day attendees will join event staff for 90-minute, behind-the-scenes tours to see how Maker Faire comes to life, engage with individual makers, and see some of the exhibits already in action. After taking their students on the tour, educators are invited to participate in an exclusive Maker Faire Teacher Meet-up from 4pm - 7pm. The Teacher Meet-up is an opportunity for those on the front line in the classroom to develop and learn maker skills they can integrate into their curriculum. Over 1,600 kids and 400 adult and educator chaperones from over 20 different schools all over the Bay Area are expected to attend Education Day events.

"Reaching, embracing, and inspiring the next generation of makers is critical to the Maker Movement," said Dale Dougherty, president of Maker Media and co-founder of Maker Faire. "As the leader of the movement, it's our mission to bring students, teachers, and makers together to show what's possible for the future. There's a maker in each of us and we hope that Education Day ignites the maker in the young people and educators and inspires them to dream big."

For the second consecutive year Intel is supporting Education Day. A founding sponsor of the Maker Education Initiative, Intel helps provide access to the tools and instructional support that allow makers to start making. Research and experience show that young people become more engaged with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) when they learn by doing.

Intel will be hosting "Sketch it! Play it!," an activity that encourages beginner makers to create musical instruments by drawing digital circuits. This is the first in a series of activities that can be easily replicated at home or in the classroom using electronics kits, software tools, and everyday materials.

"We're excited to unveil these activities which are the basis for a new summer camp program for middle school girls," said Carlos Contreras, U.S. director of education for Intel's corporate affairs group. "These pilots are designed to get girls involved in making activities in an effort to help build their confidence, foster creativity, and spark interest in STEM."

In addition to Education Day, Maker Faire Bay Area 2013 will have a dedicated Education Area, sponsored by Cognizant Technology Solutions, a leading provider of information technology, consulting, and business process services, and a founding sponsor of the Maker Education Initiative. Cognizant will showcase young makers from its after-school and summer programs who will teach young attendees to make and create fun things using electronics, digital fabrication tools, open source hardware, and the Scratch programming language. Since unveiling its 'Making the Future' initiative at World Maker Faire 2011, Cognizant has supported over 30 after-school and summer programs and awarded scholarships to college students across the U.S. in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines. Mark Greenlaw, Cognizant's vice president of educational affairs, will speak in the Education Cafe about a new guide titled "A Blueprint: Maker Programs for Youth", developed with the New York Hall of Science, written for educators wishing to run youth maker programs. As an Educational Sponsor of Maker Faire Bay Area 2013, Cognizant is committed to sparking interest in STEM and the arts by providing fun, hands-on learning opportunities. The Education Area is sure to draw parents, young people, and educators alike to learn more about making and its impact on the future.

For makers who are looking for a little assistance bringing their project to Maker Faire Bay Area 2013, Esurance, Silversmith sponsor, is presenting the Road to Maker Faire Challenge. This contest will provide the winner with $2,500 towards getting to Maker Faire Bay Area 2013. Winning guarantees the maker a spot at the Bay Area event; prize money may be used to help with transportation or other costs associated with exhibiting. All contest rules and details as well as the link to enter can be found at http://bit.ly/YUlo5G. Entries must be submitted no later than April 8, 2013 at 11:59 pm (PDT).

Education Day tours can be reserved by registering at http://makerfaireedday2013.eventbrite.com/. Group tickets admit 10 students and up to 2 adult chaperones per 90-minute preview tour. At least one adult chaperone needs to accompany a group of 10 students. The cost is $50.00 per group and tickets are still available. Details on Education Day, tours, cost, parking, etc. can be found at http://makerfaire.com/educationday2013/. Teachers and students attending Maker Faire Bay Area 2013 together on May 18 and/or 19 can purchase discounted tickets. Visit our ticket information page at http://makerfaire.com/bayarea-2013-ticketinfo/ for more details. For more information about education initiatives and connecting with other educators, please sign up for our newsletter at http://makered.org/.

Maker Faire The launch of Maker Faire in the Bay Area in 2006 demonstrated the popularity of making and interest among legions of aspiring makers to participate in hands-on activities and learn new skills at the event. A record 165,000 people attended the two flagship Maker Faires, in the Bay Area and New York, in 2012 with 44% of attendees being first timers at the Bay Area event, and 61% in New York. A family event, the vast majority attend with children. In 2013, over 60 community-driven Mini Maker Faires are expected around the world, including Tokyo and Rome. For more information about Maker Faire, please visit http://www.makerfaire.com.

Calendar Editors A celebration of DIY culture, Maker Faire Bay Area 2013 runs Saturday-Sunday, May 18-19, at the San Mateo County Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo. Saturday, 10 am to 8 pm; Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm. $10-$35; ages 3 and under are free. www.makerfaire.com. To purchase tickets, including weekend passes: http://makerfaire2013.eventbrite.c om/

Tweet This #MakerFaire 2013 Where People Show what they are Making and Share what they are Learning May 18-19 in San Mateo, CA. www.makerfaire.com

Maker Faire Sponsors Maker Faire Bay Area 2013 sponsors include: Goldsmith: Autodesk, Intel, Radioshack; Silversmith: Atmel; Coppersmith: 3D Robotics, ASUS Computer Int., ATOMS-Express, Delta Faucet, ShopBot Tools.

Maker Media Maker Media is a global platform for connecting makers with each other, with products and services, and with our partners. Through media, events and ecommerce, Maker Media serves a growing community of makers who bring a DIY mindset to technology. Whether as hobbyists or professionals, makers are creative, resourceful and curious, developing projects that demonstrate how they can interact with the world around them. The launch of MAKE Magazine in 2005, followed by Maker Faire in 2006, jumpstarted a worldwide Maker Movement, which is transforming innovation, culture and education. Located in Sebastopol, CA, Maker Media is the publisher of MAKE Magazine and the producer of Maker Faire. It also develops "getting started" kits and books that are sold in its Maker Shed store as well as in retail channels.

Contact Information PRESS QUERIES ONLY Bridgette Vanderlaan bridgette@makermedia.com (727) 278-2888

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