After about 20 minutes of engaged student sharing at the Maker Faire, we signaled to parents and
students to either continue what students had been making and working on, or to make something new
together. Here is a gallery of images showing students, parents, and teachers sharing and collaborating,
learning and doing what makers do.
Keeping Learning Open-Ended for Inquirers
At the end of the hour, we gathered parents and students to close the first Kindergarten Maker Faire. We
shared that even though this was the capping event for their Maker project, the learning of Making and
Questioning never stops. In the moments after the fair, as we were transitioning to the next part of our
day, parents thanked us and shared small stories and insights they gained from making with their children
at the Maker Faire. For example, one parent shared how at home his daughter asked, “Is fire a material?”
which prompted their family to engage in an inquiry of their own.
In our own final reflections we were struck by how students’ plans and questions were influenced by their
hands-on interaction with the tools and materials, and the activity of hands-on making, all in the service
of a driving question “What do makers do and what do they need to know?”
Making Your Maker Faire
Reading about our experiences combining making and project-based learning will only get you so far. In
our case and probably in yours, the most important learning happens when we start learning by doing.
Here are some thoughts and resources that might support development of learning through making in
Start with the end in mind - start with the key standards and benchmarks and find an
authentic context and audience for learning. Visualize what you want your students to get from
making. Go from there.
Create a driving question that frames and nudges learning forward - This may be
the hardest part. Once you have a good driving question, you’ll never get stuck. Asking the driving
question yourself or asking your students to consider it, a way forward can be made.
This student tells his story of planning and construction