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Maker Faire Ottawa

This weekend the Science and Tech museum is hosting Mini Maker Faire Ottawa. It’s a fair all about people who make things. Some of the tables had jewellery, book bindings, puppets, 3D printing, LEGO and so much more. Here are some pics.

Me just hanging out with R2D2!

A maker had a machine that would make pictures out of Skittles!

This is a machine that makes martinis!

A maker that make puppet heads.

A whole bunch of 3D printing!

Steve making music with Makey Makey kits.

And I loved these posters:

There was also an education panel about maker education. The panel was led by Luc Lalande (@LucLalande) and on the panel was Paul McGuire (@mcguirp), Shauna Pollock (@misspollock), Rick Alexanderson and Alison Evans Adnani (@maker_junior). They talked about different perspectives of maker education such as parents, teachers and principals.

Some really great points were brought up:

  • Luc, Paul and Shauna all learned or connected with maker education at Edcamp Ottawa
  • Shauna said “Creation is so much more important that consumption nowadays”
  • The maker movement is messy, student led, about making mistakes and figuring out problems as a team or with an expert
  • The maker movement teaches our students the 21st century learning skills they need now!
  • Alison said kids today need to learn with their hands not be told things. Learning is so much more deep when it is hands on.
  • Failure is key in the maker movement. Students need to be able to problem solve
  • You learn so much about yourself while making.
  • Paul said teachers need to flexible with the curriculum to make real ah ha moments
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