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Maker Faire Session Details

Strand—Reverse Engineering

Have you ever looked at a piece of technology and wondered “How does this work?” or “Could I recreate or improve it?” Have you ever been inspired to invent something new or unique by studying the designs of others? Come experience the “ask and improve” sections of the Engineering Design Process as you disassemble a piece of technology
 

 

Sessions

  • Toys, pens, clocks, and more! It’s what’s on the inside that matters.
    (60 minutes; 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 4:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday)
    Come explore by taking things apart like engineers and developers do. Observe and note how stuff works and invent new or better products and processes.
  • Maker Challenges
    (60 minutes; 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 4:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday)
    Create a solution to a challenge of your choice and discover how making leads to innovative approaches through critical thinking and creativity. Teams of 1–3 are recommended.
 


Strand—Stop Motion Animation/Digital Storytelling
Storytelling is an expressive path that supports the development of literacy and learner voice through creativity and connection. Select from a variety of media and multimedia applications in these sessions to develop your own storytelling abilities.

 
Sessions

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  • Stop-Motion Storytelling  
    (90 minutes; 11:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday)
    Create your own mini-movie adventure as you explore the connections between video production, storytelling, and literacy development.
  • Making Stories Happen
    (60 minutes; 2:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday)
    Using two person narratives, participants will interact with partners and make their stories come to life.

 


 

 

Strand—Computational Thinking

Computational thinking is a problem-solving process that can move students beyond technology consumption toward creation and innovation. The elements of computational thinking, including decomposition, pattern recognition, abstraction, and algorithm design, can be used to support problem-solving across all subject areas.
 
 

Sessions

  • Computational Thinking with Monsters
    (60 minutes; 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Saturday)
    Learn the components of computational thinking while creating monsters. In this session, we will explore the similarities between making monsters and the components of computational thinking, including decomposition, patterns, abstraction, and algorithms.
  • Computational Thinking and Scratch
    (60 minutes; 2:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Saturday)
    Learn to create algorithms while completing challenges using Scratch. By the end of this session, you will have created several algorithms and tested them.
  • Computational Thinking in Science and Math
    (60 minutes; 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Sunday)
    Explore the components of computational thinking, including decomposition, algorithms, and patterns while completing math and science challenges.
  • Sending Secret Messages and Computational Thinking
    (60 minutes; 2:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Sunday)
    Do you know how to send messages using binary? Come explore the relationship between patterns and binary in this hands-on session. By the end of this session, you will create secret messages in binary form.
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