The Community Science Workshop Network was once again recognized for our outstanding work in the field of hands-on education at this year’s Maker Faire 2013, where our booth won two Educator’s Choice awards. The Network brought staff and students from five CSW sites around the state to the event, to share our inexpensive hands-on science activities with the crowd, and to get new ideas to take back to our workshops in Fresno, San Francisco, Greenfield, and Watsonville. On Education Day, the preview for students and teachers two days before the main event, staff from the Mission Science Workshop and Network staff showed off the science workshop circuit board, made from plywood and nails, and shared information about our programs with Bay Area teachers. The Network’s contribution to Education Day was documented in an extensive interview with our Network Coordinator by EdSurge, “Modular Electronics for $1 a Student”, and in an article about Education Day on MakeZine, “How Do We Make New Makers.”
Students from Greenfield and Watsonville had a blast checking out all the crazy contraptions at the Faire. These kids wouldn’t have been able to attend the Faire without our help, and the free tickets provided by MAKE and the Maker Ed Initiative. Thanks to the support of the S.D. Bechtel, Jr., Foundation, we were able to transport our staff, our students, and (very importantly) our stuff to the Faire, and to stay for the whole weekend.
Staff members from Fresno, San Francisco, Watsonville and Greenfield shared a wide variety of simple, cheap science projects with the crowd: self-sustaining terrariums made out of recycled tennis ball containers, whistles and propellers made from straws, dancing robots, and paper rockets powered by air pressure capable of shooting fifty feet into the air.
Check out this video of the CSW Network booth at the Maker Faire, to see all the fun we had and to hear from our staff and students about what coming to the Faire means to them:[youtube_sc url=http://youtu.be/CgzW8rWVxww]