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Inside the Maker Classrooms of Friends’ School Boulder

Friends.Maker.1Steve de Beer, Head of School at Friends’ School Boulder, contributes this post describing his school’s innovative, year-long focus on making in the 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms. For a hands-on taste of making in education, stop by the Friends’ School booth at the Boulder Mini Maker Faire, Jan 31-Feb 1! (Early bird tickets end on the 24th!)

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Who remembers Tinker Toys?  Me! Me!  Who spent part of their childhood inventing new machines with Erector Sets?  This guy!  Who used to make tunnels and cities and imaginary worlds (complete with imaginary knights and dragons) out of moving boxes and junk? Right here, me and my siblings!

What did these kinds of toys have in common – what do they still have in common? They were all designed to inspire the young me to be a maker instead of a consumer. They encouraged me to create.

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Events

2nd Annual Wacky Contraption Challenge

This exceptionally exciting event is back again this December! Six teams competed last time and had an amazing time collaborating on their contraptions. We got to see a REAL handmade Archimedes’ screw at work and the energy and wonder in the room was invigorating. Be a part of the magic today, plan your team to prepare for the Challenge Finale on December 8* at the Boulder JCC.

Learn more about forming your team here.

*This date is for the Challenge Finale, teams can work on their machine section throughout the summer and fall.

 

 

Girls Explore Filmmaking

During this immersive and interactive event, Colorado documentarian Shantel Hansen will share her experiences making the documentary film “Her Turf” and attendees will get to view the award-winning film. Participants will be guided through what it takes to make a short film and create a storyboard outlining their own idea for a film. A Maker Lab will precede the film and break-out activity.

Parents are encouraged to explore this exciting topic with their young film enthusiast, please no dropping off. 

Part of the ticket proceeds will be donated to the HER TURF Scholarship Fund 

Questions? Send an email to Gabi

TICKETS HERE