Bricolage

A trip to the Maker Faire!

Friday, June 16, 2017
Posted by
Samsam Dirie
Minneapolis/St. Paul Mini Maker Faire 2017

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Lego Doodler in action

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Working in Scratch to paint an outline of a star

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After a bit of geometry and patience, a star was born!

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Debuting the new, the stylist... cork car!

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R2-D2 attracting the fans at a booth

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Visitor artwork made during the fair

Hello! My name is Samsam and I’m working at the Science Museum of Minnesota this summer as a Maker Corps intern! This internship is an opportunity available under a larger national organization called MakerEd and their mission is to create opportunities in STEM for young people through promoting a creative hands-on and project-based learning culture to develop interest in.

Within the first week of beginning this summer, I had the opportunity to attended the Minneapolis/St. Paul mini Maker Faire and represent the Science Museum. The fair highlighted multiple organizations, groups, and tech-savvy individuals. Bilir, my fellow Maker Corps member, and I help lead a couple Play. Tinker. Make. activities featured weekly at the Museum in our Activate program. Our table ran two WaterColor Bots and two Lego Doodlers. Both were very popular activities and fun to lead as well as learn beforehand.

From engineers to farmers to students, I enjoyed the fair and all the creators it brought together. There were also a high volume of people who came to the fair on their own just to learn with their families and friends. I also found talking to others about our activities rewarding especially with our younger visitors. All in all, the fair was very stimulating and inspirational. It was a great learning experience, both as a presenter and visitor.


[brik-uh-lahzh]

bri·co·lage

(noun)

something constructed or created from a diverse range of available things.

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