Parents and Children Celebrate and Create Together at Second Annual MAKERFEST!

For the second year, the students in Primary and Lower school celebrated Valentine’s Day with Makerfest! – a two-day festival of creativity and ingenuity. Once again, the children invited their parents to try out many of the “maker” activities that they do as part of their regular K-5 program in Technology and in the Innovation Space, but with a Valentine’s Day twist.
The children and their parents had the chance to visit 19 booths with activities that included a Stop-Motion Animation Station, Magnetic Attraction, Sew Sweet card-making, Golf Tee Light Bright, Pyramid-making with straws, Lego Sound Machines, Interactive Scratch Wall, Light Up Story Boxes, Big Head Photo Booth, Eames Sculpture, and many more.
After enjoying the hand-on activities in the courtyard and Benjamin Franklin Library, and a taking a tour through the incredibly imaginative Cardboard Galaxy in the Innovation Space, the children accompanied their parents back to their classrooms to read their journals. These journals contain their writing assignments for the year to date. The parents were amazed to see how far their children had come in six months, and the children were filled with pride to share their work. 
The Innovation Space is often cited by our K-5 students as their favorite class. Makerfest! is a chance for parents to get a first-hand experience of this playful and empowering environment. The Technology and Innovation program allows students explore their ideas, interests, and passions through the use of various materials, tools, and the latest technology. This provides the students with countless opportunities for critical thinking, creativity, and innovation. The program promotes 21st-century skills, learning by doing, and both Do-It-Yourself and Do-It-Together projects, encouraging our students to imagine, create, and collaborate – skills that will prepare them for the challenges of the future.
Thank you to Lisa Kessler, Travis Shojinaga, Alison Corneau, and so many more for making this festival of “making” possible. We cannot wait to do it again next year!
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