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Join Us @ Mozilla’s Maker Party 2014

by School's Out Washington | | Posted under STEM

Scene from a Brooklyn Maker Party

Youth building electronics at a Brooklyn Maker Faire

From knit caps to robots to lifehacks to apps, people of all ages are making things, showing what they’ve made, and sharing their processes so others can do the same. It’s called the Maker Movement. It’s about celebrating grassroots innovation, and we hope you join us in this movement this summer!

Afterschool and youth development programs are a great place for kids to Make! The informal education environment allows for the creativity, innovation and experiential learning so integral to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) learning and the Maker philosophy.

Since 2006, Makers have been getting together at Maker Faires to share ideas and network together. Even President Obama is getting in on the action, hosting the first-ever White House Maker Faire on June 18th. The Afterschool Alliance reported on the Maker Faire describing such creations as a robotic giraffe, cupcake bicycles, a banana piano, homemade 3-D printers and 3-D printed pancakes, fiddles and more which were all on display to inspire makers across the country.

At the Faire, Maker Ed announced a new campaign “to Create and Expand a Nationwide Network of Youth-Oriented Makerspaces.”

School’s out Washington is joining the movement this summer and fall. We will be taking part in Mozilla’s Maker Party 2014—a campaign to teach Web literacy on a global scale through hands-on learning and making. It’s a part of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Summer to Make, Play & Connect campaign, keeping inspiration going throughout the summer.

To learn more about our efforts both with the Maker Party and STEM, contact Krista Galloway at (206) 336-6923.

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