Education Day at the Minneapolis/St. Paul Mini Maker Faire is a hands-on and interactive learning opportunity that focuses on STEAM applied beyond the classroom. Education Day is an invite-only event for 7th grade students at area schools.
Education Day will be held on Friday, June 2 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. The event is free, and transportation reimbursement is available. Schools may choose to attend either the morning (9 am - 11 am) or afternoon session (12 pm - 2 pm). Schools should plan to have 1 adult chaperone for every 10 students. Food and beverage will not be available at the event, but schools are welcome to picnic on the State Fairgrounds and outside of the Mini Maker Faire grounds.
The student showcase at the Minneapolis/St. Paul Mini Maker Faire is designed as opportunity to highlight maker projects made by young makers in the Twin Cities, across Minnesota, and throughout the region.
Projects submitted for the student showcase can be self-driven (those that the young maker created in their own time outside of school) or as part of a class project or assignment. Students and young makers applying to the Minneapolis/St. Paul Mini Maker Faire Student Showcase may apply individually or as part of a group. Projects should demonstrate the ways in which young people are making, and are embracing the Maker Movement's philosophy of experimentation and creativity. Although it is not a requirement, projects can highlight how the elements of STEAM education are applied outside of the classroom.
Those applicants accepted into the student showcase will be expected to show their project at a booth for 15-30 minutes on Friday, June 2 and/or 45-60 minutes on Saturday, June 3. (Students and groups will be able to indicate their preferences for exhibiting on the showcase application.) Projects will remain on display throughout the sessions on Friday and/or throughout the course of Saturday's Faire, and will be supervised by Maker Faire staff when the student is not present at his/her booth. Students and their group coordinators will be responsible for transporting the project to and from the Faire.