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Viewpoint School Hosts its Sixth Annual, Three-Day Makerfest Festival of Hand-On Activities for Primary and Lower School Students and Families
Viewpoint School Hosts its Sixth Annual, Three-Day Makerfest Festival of Hand-On Activities for Primary and Lower School Students and Families

Every February, Viewpoint School’s TK-5 students enthusiastically invite their family members to participate in what’s become a beloved tradition at the school - our annual Makerfest Festival of hands-on activities with a Valentine’s Day twist. Now in its sixth year, this year’s event took place February 7-9 in the School’s Innovation Space and Benjamin Franklin Library.

Makerfest 2024 featured 30 uniquely themed booths, each one tailored to specific age groups and featuring engaging activities such as rocket building and launching, a lively disco dance robot arena, Makedo cardboard creations, steampunk wooden block bots, screen printing, resin jewelry making, and a host of other exciting experiences.

“This event is extremely unique and allows students to learn how to use their hands and innovate at a very young age. I don’t know of any other schools creating opportunities like this and it’s truly impressive to witness,” said Daniel Groen, Viewpoint Parent.

The annual festival is a true labor of love for Innovation Space teachers Lisa Kessler and Travis Shojinaga, and Primary and Lower School Technology Integration Specialist Alison Steelberg Corneau '97. Each of the booths were staffed by enthusiastic faculty, staff, and Upper School students from across campus, making it a unique community-building event. 

"To sum up the essence of this event, it's three days filled with hands-on, smile-inducing fun! Attendees revel in the magical joy of creating with their hands," shared Kessler. "Makerfest is a delightful annual experience eagerly anticipated by all ages."

"My favorite part of this event is witnessing the students' genuine awe and wonder. They approach everything with curiosity and eagerly embrace new experiences," shared Beverly Schwarz, Primary School Librarian and Makerfest Volunteer. "Their infectious energy is contagious, and it's so fun to see their growing awareness as they explore and learn."

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