Applying STEM: The Maker Faire connects students with a creative community [Sponsored]

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As schools become more STEM focused, Maker Faires give students an opportunity to connect with the community, share projects and show off their creativity. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, these free events are engineered for makers of all ages.

Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, East Baton Rouge Parish Library’s Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. All of the items on display employ the best of STEM, design-test-improve, with the focus on creating something new, usually to solve a specific problem. Sometimes, the problem is whimsical and sometimes they solve broad, useful problems.

This year’s event, October 15, 10am-5pm at the Main Library at Goodwood, the 9th Annual Maker Faire will shine a special spotlight on sustainability.

Foster your maker spirit at a free MakerSpace workshop.

Library branches will be helping makers create in its high-tech MakerSpaces with special themed programs October 10-14. Makers in Baton Rouge who embraces the DIY or DIT (do-it-together) spirit will gather at the 9th Annual Baton Rouge Maker Faire October 15, 10am-5pm at the Main Library at Goodwood. Sustainability is the theme, and the event celebrates work highlighting sustainability and sustainable work practices, like using local materials, contributing to ecological restoration, reducing waste and so much more.

Share your upcycling project.

Upcycling is the process of transforming waste into something new. Projects can be any creative re-use or repurposing that gives new life to old stuff, like plastic bottle planters, a pallet sofa, a quilt made out of old t-shirts, or magazine collages. Send a before and after photo and it will be featured at this year’s Maker Faire.
Upload your pics here or email them to [email protected] along with your name and a brief description of your project. For more info on this year’s Maker Faire, click here.

This year you can meet the Baton Rouge BeignYAYs!

They’ll show off some sweet dance moves and get sparkling with some of their biodegradable glitter.

Learn more at batonrouge.makerfaire.com and connect on social media @BRMakerFaire.