Maker Faire & Why It’s Hard to Blog About Accra

I started this blog as a way to chronicle my life in Peace Corps. Instead of sending individual emails to each family member and friend on a regular basis, I thought I’d just update this website. Partially due to laziness, and partly due to the unreliability of Ethiopian internet.

Since moving to Accra in July of 2016, I’ve written 20 blogs that I’ve tagged locally. Two of which were actually book reviews, I just happened to read the books here.

I just wrapped up 13 posts on our trip to Egypt and Jordan. We spent three weeks there. I’ve spent 74 weeks in Ghana. I’m sure you can see the discrepancy.

Part of it is because our trips are jam packed with new and interesting things to blog about, whereas my day-to-day life consists of teaching, reading, wishing my husband and I weren’t too lazy to try new recipes, and listening to Kesha’s new album.

Even when we do force ourselves out of our apartment, by year two, it seems like I’ve already written about it. Why blog about another dinner at Coco Lounge? And International Festival Day might be my favorite day of the year, but not much changes from year to year. We went on another field trip to the Kokrobite Chiltern Centre and continue collecting plastic water bottles for their building projects.

I guess I never blogged about eating Ethiopian food at Simret for the first time since leaving Ethiopia, nearly three years prior. I’ve since eaten it many more times. It didn’t seem ground-breaking to anyone but me.

Recently, however, I helped my school run their first ever Maker Faire. Self-labeled as “The Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth,” it’s part science fair, part county fair, and part something else entirely. It’s a chance to showcase invention, creativity, and resourcefulness.

Maker Faire Logo

And, it was incredibly cool. Some second grade projects included a recycled robot, a hydraulic lift, a bird chirping craft, slime, a black hole piggy bank, a viking ship made of legos, and butterfly symmetry. And that was just my class.

The event also saw a home-made drum set, various gardening clubs, jump ropes made from recycled plastic bags, a miniature mini-golf course, a marshmallow shooter, 3-D printing, a solar oven, origami, an improv troupe, an audience-directed band, a PC computer built from recycled materials, a film, a woven rug, kombucha, and more!

It was a five-hour event that, even having had a hand in creating it, blew me away.

March 19-23

And it reminded me that I’m still doing new and incredible things here in Accra. Sometimes, those things are just as interesting as my travels internationally. I should probably write about them more often.

  1. I do enjoy reading and looking at the pictures of your travels. However, looking at the picture of you and the children working and being together is very precious. What children come up with their imaginations can be amazing, just like you listed! Keep encouraging their minds and incorporate teamwork. Way to go, Teacher! (p.s. is that Brett in the background – working with the other students??? Talk about teamwork! )

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