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Marymount to Spark Creativity Through Free Maker Fair for Students and Families

Marymount’s Maker Fair promises to combine discovery and learning with fun. Click to view larger
Marymount’s Maker Fair promises to combine discovery and learning with fun. (Marymount photo)

When delight and fun combine with discovery and learning, magic happens. Marymount School of Santa Barbara will embody that magic with a Maker Fair Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015, from 10 a.m. to noon, offering opportunities for young and old alike to experience the magic of watching their creativity take shape through hands-on fun and learning.

Whether it is witnessing your own design come to life in 3D, working with and seeing DNA for the first time or experiencing the victory of your robot winning in the ring, Marymount’s Maker Fair — a fair that is unlike traditional school fairs in that maker fairs are specifically designed to celebrate the arts, engineering, science, tinkering and the DIY mindset — has opportunities for students to loose themselves in activities that are so much fun, they might not realize they are learning science and developing the 21st century skills that thought leaders and STEAM educational experts across the country say are critical for young people today.

Although the reasons behind the hands-on activities at the Maker Fair are highly learning-focused and intentional on the part of Marymount STEAM teachers and community partners (including UCSB’s Materials Research Labratory volunteers, the Bazan Research Group, the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit Telescope Workshop, EduCraft, The Ham Radio Society of Santa Barbara), attendees of Marymount’s Maker Fair will be completely focused in the moment.

They will delight in dueling against parents’, siblings’ and grandparents’ robots, making art, composing music, designing airplanes, racing cars or completely getting lost in other activities available at activity centers scattered across Marymount’s Riviera campus.  

Community partners will share their expertise in everything from atomic force microscopes and advanced solar technology, and they will show participants how to use powerful telescopes or large format printers.

The insights and subtle direction provided by teachers and STEAM experts at each activity will guide students to deeper discovery and learning.

To help your child experience the magic that happens when delight and fun mixes with learning, come be a part of an event that celebrates the creativity of every student and shows them that they can design, build and problem solve.

Mark your calendars for Sunday, Oct. 18, and join other families like your own at this free event on Marymount’s campus located at 2130 Mission Ridge Road on Santa Barbara’s Riviera.

— Molly Seguel is the director of admission for Marymount School of Santa Barbara.

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