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A little over a week ago, Make: television (with help from the Science Museum of Minnesota and Geek Squad) hosted the first-ever Make: Day. Heavily inspired by the many successful and amazing Maker Faires that MAKE magazine has hosted around the country world, Make: Day was a blast. And in case you missed the news, Make: Day was filled with robots, music, stuff for kids, and tons of other crazy and cool projects and inventions.

The principles that guide much of MAKE magazine and Make: television are right in line with the goals of events like Maker Faire and Make: Day– to celebrate the ingenuity and inventiveness in our communities. We believe those same goals inspire all makers, which is why we’ve launched a spiffy new Outreach website, chock-full of free resources for anyone who’s ever thought of spreading some maker vibes across their community.

Here you’ll find out how to:

  • Throw a Make: viewing party! You can watch an episode, and even invite local Makers, artists, or inventors to lead a discussion about the show.
  • Hold a “Meet-and-Greet” with a local Maker, such as an inventor, engineer, artist, or other creative community member who can demonstrate a project and inspire others.
  • Delve deeper into the technology of Make: by inviting an engineer or other technology professional to explain the science behind a project in the Project Pack.
  • Use the Project Pack to instruct and inspire participation in creative activities.
  • Hold a Mini-Maker Faire by inviting appropriate community partner groups and individuals who may wish to showcase their projects during the event.
  • Host a competition at work to see who can build the best project from the Project Pack!

The Outreach site was designed for all of you educators, after-school program teachers, community engagement workers in our midst to get people of all ages thinking, creating, recycling, upcycling, and just making. And the tools are perfect for, basically, wherever people are gathered! Go check it out for yourself. Think of these resources as only the beginning – once you get started, you might not stop.


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