Seeking Tech Enthusiasts for School Maker Faire

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An array of items made with a 3D printer at The Learning Center’s summer Inventor’s Bootcamp, hosted by Steve Kurti. Mr. Kurti will discuss his unique brand of Making at the School Maker Faire on March 10.


The Learning Center! Charter School will host a School Maker Faire® on March 10th from 3:30pm – 7:30pm. The event is part of a network of Maker Faires that happen across the globe every year. Designed to bring innovative, resourceful people together to share their love of “Making,” these Faires have been described as a combination of science fair, craft show, tech conference, and county fair – all rolled into one! So far, 27 Makers have signed up to show off their innovations, performances, and crafts at the School Maker Faire. “An exciting lineup of Makers is beginning to build,” said school director, Mary Jo Dyre, “while we have a strong crew of traditional Makers, we are still looking for additional high-techies to submit proposals.”

From computer programming to 3D printing to creative circuitry, The Learning Center invites the public to share their innovations at the School Maker Faire. To submit your project, go to www.naturallygrownkids.org and click the link in the School Maker Faire section.

In addition to the Maker booths, meal Makers will provide delicious, affordable treats. The Faire will feature a number of performances including musicians, dancers, actors and special guests who will discuss Making in their unique jobs.

One of those special guests is Mark Conde, assistant dean of information services at Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. Conde, who works closely with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), will show attendees the fascinating inside world of “Making at the CDC.”

In addition, special guest and WNC native, Steve Kurti will join the Faire via Skype to talk about “Table Top Inventing” and educating tomorrow’s Makers. Kurti has brought “Inventor’s Boot Camp” to The Learning Center’s campus for the past two summers. To top it all off, Learning Center students will race edible cars in a pinewood-derby style race called The Foody 500.

If you don’t consider yourself a Maker but still want to support the School Maker Faire, volunteers are warmly welcomed. The Learning Center invites the public to help make the Faire a community success. Mark your calendar for the School Maker Faire happening at The Learning Center! campus on March 10, from 3:30pm to 7:30pm. Visit www.naturallygrownkids.org or contact the school at 828.835.7240

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