About that other Maker Faire

1553364_10152608867104115_962137736_oOkay, folks. Confession time.

Have I formally introduced myself? I’m Nick Spicher, the Education Director at the Science Factory. I write most of the posts you read here. This is my third time organizing the Eugene Mini Maker Faire.

I have been a huge fan of the Maker Movement and all that it has to offer to the museum world. I sought out the help of Eugene Maker Space just as it was starting up in order to bring their projects and enthusiasm for making to our audience. I have created new educational programs that incorporate Maker principles, and I have added Maker activities to our existing programs. I strongly believe that one of the very best ways to ensure that the next generation is scientifically and technologically literate is to give them every opportunity to discover their inner Maker. I have visited and supported local and regional Maker activities, and in my spare time I’ve tried my hand at some DIY projects (mostly in my kitchen).

But I have never been to Maker Faire.

Until now, that is. This week, as the 9th annual Maker Faire Bay Area kicks off, I will be headed to San Mateo to see the projects, meet the makers, and revel in the sights, sounds, and spectacle of “the greatest show (and tell) on Earth.”

Before Maker Faire officially kicks off on Saturday, I will have two extra opportunities to engage with the Maker world. On Thursday, I will be attending the Maker Education Initiative‘s first-ever Making Possibilities Workshop, where I will meet other educators passionate about making and exchange ideas on how to incorporate the Maker movement into our classes and programs. And on Friday, I will attend the Mini Maker Faire Producers’ Workshop, where I will learn from those who have put together Mini Maker Faires around the world about their successes and challenges.

I am ridiculously excited to take part in all of this, and I can’t wait to bring what I learn back here to Eugene. I will be updating this blog to share my experiences along the way, and I will be on Twitter (@nickspicher) doing my best to report on things as they happen. If you will be in San Mateo as well, I invite you to get in touch… especially if you have any navigation tips for a Maker Faire newbie. Because I think I’m going to need all the help I can get.

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