Join us for the fifth Annual New Jersey Makers Day!
NJ Makers Day will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. We look forward to NJ’s freshest innovations, creative efforts, and inspiring growth in the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts, math and more!
The ultimate goal of NJ Makers Day is to enhance community engagement and facilitate connections among New Jersey residents by exploring new and interesting opportunities for community-wide education, entrepreneurship and hands-on learning experiences.
We are looking for people to present something they are passionate about, from robotics to knitting – anything goes.
Contact Steve@stephenfox.info if you are interested in participating.
Saturday, March 23th from 10 am to 3 pm
Mediatech, 118 Main Street, 2nd Floor and Flemington Free Public Library
—Free Demonstrations and Hands-on Activities—
|Activity stations are open all day – visit as many as you like.
Children must be supervised.
|Drive a GIANT Robot – Drive a giant robot around the library with the HCRHS robotics team.|
|Drive a tiny Robot – Program small rolling robots by drawing colored lines.|
|Print a Silkscreen – Check out the Print Club at DIY and make your own print. Bring a light colored t-shirt to print on. 1-3 pm|
|Delaware Valley Bead Society – Create a beaded memory-wire bracelet.|
|Stare at the Sun – Using special equipment, safely view the corona of the sun. (Weather Dependent)|
|Lawn Mower Engine – Tear Down/Build Up using regular tools, to see if you can take a real internal combustion engine apart, and put it together again.|
|Learn to Knit – Get started with a project that you will be able to take with you. Sponsored by DIY Fiber Freaks.|
|Makey Makey – Create music with fruit.|
|Fly a Drone – Drone flying outside in front of the library. (Weather Dependent)|
|Flight Simulator – Try to take off and land the Charles Lindbergh’s famous plane, the Spirit of St. Louis using a flight simulator.|
|Egg Drop – This isn’t a yoke. Can you make a structure that can protect a raw egg from a 25 foot drop? And if you can’t, can you help clean up the mess?|
|Build a Bridge – Make a structure out of marshmallows and toothpicks to learn about bridges and trusses. Test your design!|
|Children’s Crafts – Make and take your own creation. Led by Debbie Moore, FFPL Children’s Librarian.|
|Weaving Demonstration – Do some weaving on a loom.|
|Play with Polymers – Make slime and see how much fun science can be.|
Ongoing attractions: Experience Virtual Reality, digitally morph your face, freely play with other new technologies!
Last year’s programs were:
Maker culture emphasizes learning-through-doing (active learning) in a social environment. Maker culture emphasizes informal, networked, peer-led, and shared learning motivated by fun and self-fulfillment. Maker culture encourages novel applications of technologies, and the exploration of intersections between traditionally separate domains and ways of working including metal-working, calligraphy, film making, and computer programming. Community interaction and knowledge sharing are often mediated through networked technologies, with websites and social media tools forming the basis of knowledge repositories and a central channel for information sharing and exchange of ideas, and focused through social meetings in shared spaces such as hackspaces. Maker culture has attracted the interest of educators concerned about students’ disengagement from STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) in formal educational settings. Maker culture is seen as having the potential to contribute to a more participatory approach and create new pathways into topics that will make them more alive and relevant to learners.
- Celebrate the culture of making in New Jersey
- Foster collaboration between makers and makerspaces across New Jersey
- Host a program/event on the same day at all participating New Jersey makerspaces
- Promote the role of NJ libraries in supporting makers and maker culture throughout the state
- Schedule at least one event in every county in New Jersey
- Contract with vendors based in New Jersey whenever possible
- Create projects with low or no barriers of access, including one or two live-streamed or recorded statewide projects
- Maintain a directory of makers and makerspaces in New Jersey