History of the Maker Faire – Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. All of these “makers” come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned.
Maker Faire is primarily designed to be forward-looking, showcasing makers who are exploring new forms and new technologies. But it’s not just for the novel in technical fields; Maker Faire features innovation and experimentation across the spectrum of science, engineering, art, performance and craft.
Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. It’s a venue for makers to show examples of their work and interact with others about it. Many makers say they have no other place to share what they do. DIY (Do-It-Yourself) is often invisible in our communities, taking place in shops, garages and on kitchen tables. It’s typically out of the spotlight of traditional art or science or craft events. Maker Faire makes visible these projects and ideas that we don’t encounter every day.
Maker Faire is brought to you by Maker Media. Maker Media publishes Make: magazine, produces Maker Faire, and offers DIY electronics, tools, kits, and books through its online and pop-up Maker Shed stores.
We Are Heading to The Monash Mini Maker Faire – At CoderDojo Altona North the kids are working hard on their projects with the aim of being able to present them at the Maker Faire early December. Both our parents and volunteers are very excited, it’s going to be our first Maker Faire here in Melbourne, Australia and also the first opportunity for the kids to take their projects and show them off to folks outside the CoderDojo. Every term at the end of the term the kids, parents do get an opportunity to show off their projects to a chief guest but this is an opportunity where they get to socialize with makers, creators from all over Melbourne, share with them what they have built, get feedback and learn from other makers, creators. So we are all very excited!!! Some of our kids projects include –
- Bully detection system
- Brialle Box
- Water pollution monitoring system
- Digital Snakes & Ladders
- Humanoid robot
CoderDojo is a global movement of free, volunteer-led, community based programming clubs for young people. We are the Altona North (Melbourne, Australia) chapter of this amazing initiative! At CoderDojo Altona North, young people aged between 7 and 17, learn how to code (Scratch, Python, etc.), interact with the real world using sensors and the Arduino, develop programs on the Raspberry Pi, work with the BBC micro:bit, develop websites, develop mobile apps, develop simple programs, develop games, build robots and explore various aspects of technology in an informal, safe, and creative environment. In addition to learning to code, exploring the basics of electronics and robotics, attendees meet like minded people and are exposed to a world of possibilities of technology. An individuals creativity is the only limit.
At CoderDojo Altona North our aim is to Ignite, Inspire and Create. We strongly believe that every child is a born maker. What she/he needs is the right environment to Ignite those interests and Inspire them to Create. At CoderDojo Altona North there is a strong focus on community, peer learning, youth mentoring and self led learning, with an emphasis on showing how coding, making and hacking is a force for change in the world.
So drop by and see us at the CoderDojo Altona North booth at the Monash Maker Faire. Go ahead and grab your FREE tickets at the Monash Maker Faire website.
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