It’s funny that I had to move overseas and start teaching in an international school to hear about Maker Faire.
Marketed as a global network of events celebrating innovation, creativity, and curiosity, it’s better than any science fair I’ve ever attended. It was founded in 2006 by the Editors of Make: Magazine and the first faire took place in San Mateo, California.
Last year, we hosted the first Maker Faire in West Africa! We continued the tradition this year and welcomed over 400 participants: Students, classes, teachers, & parents.
We had the traditional, messy projects:
And just downright fun projects:
As a teacher and co-organizer, I couldn’t have asked for more. I’d like to say this is what a typical day in my life looks like, but that’s just not possible.
I will, however, admit that if you were ever to visit my class, you’re more likely to see well-organized chaos & collaboration over quiet students working independently.
And that suits me just fine.