A Day of Celebration & Innovation with a student-lead Maker Faire and Innovation in Education Ga
Over the next week (May 4-12, 2017) entrepreneurs, businesses, researchers and educators are hosting events to promote and celebrate Innovation Week in New Brunswick.
On May 9th, Bliss Carman Middle School in Fredericton, is hosting a Day of Celebration and Innovation with a student-lead Maker Faire and an evening Innovation in Education Gala.
The Maker Faire, open to the public from 4:00pm - 6:30pm will be raising money for the Canadian Cancer Society. In addition to planning the event, the grade seven organizing class will be offering workshops (including Learn to Solder, The Art of 3D Design & Robotic Coding) as well as selling original products that they have made. “Our goal is to educate the local community about Maker Education and the innovative practices of students, thereby facilitating further growth in this movement.” Mrs. Natasha Lingley, Grade 7 Math & Science teacher at Bliss Carman Middle School.
Maker Education is closely associated with STEAM learning, which is an approach that Brilliant Labs advocates to teach students problem-solving and project-based learning. “The Bliss Carman Maker Faire not only exhibits the hands-on approach of learning-by-doing, but is a great example of how students can be social entrepreneurs as they are working to solve real-world problems.” Mr. Jeff Willson, Executive Director, Brilliant Labs. “Our goal is to give teachers and students the tools they need to be innovative.
For the past three years we have seen how teachers and students are disrupting traditional education practices and embracing innovation through Maker Education. Whether it’s measuring air quality through class designed tupperware instruments, monitoring fish behaviour in the Miramichi River, or inventing tools to help people with special needs -- students are finding real solutions for real-life problems and it’s time we celebrate these change makers.”
The Innovation in Education Gala will be following the Maker Faire. Brilliant Labs and its collaborative partners will be welcoming community and innovation leaders to help celebrate New Brunswick’s evening of innovation in education. There will be more than 20 teachers & students being honoured, with special recognition from the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of New Brunswick for Inspirational STEM Teachers.
The Bliss Carman Maker Faire & Innovation in Education Gala is a part of the New Brunswick Innovation Week. Doors open at May 9th for the Maker Faire (4-6:30 p.m.). Admission is $2.00 ($5.00 activity cards, purchase 2 or more for free admission) with all proceeds going to the Canadian Cancer Society.
For more information about the The Innovation in Education Gala please contact us.