Della displays her ribbon dancer at Marymount Maker Fair.

Della displays her ribbon dancer at Marymount Maker Fair. (Travis Dunn)

Science professionals, budding young minds, and creative spirits of all ages converged on Marymount’s campus Oct. 14 for the school’s fourth annual Maker Fair.

Celebrating experiential innovation, some 75 families came out to try hands-on activities. Stations featured mini-projects and experiments aimed to help kids engage in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, education, math) concepts — all while having fun.

“Families had the opportunity to interact with our incredible faculty at Marymount while engaging in quick make-and-take activities,” said Molly Seguel, director of admissions.

Activities included creating small robots made from toothbrush heads, hula hoops out of irrigation tubing, and mini boats made from chocolate. The chocolate boats were inspired by the middle school’s upcoming Willy Wonka Jr. performance at the New Vic Theater, Nov. 5-6.

While children waited for their chocolate boats to set, they got to dip marshmallows in a chocolate fountain for a fanciful taste of the perks of imagination.

“Even the youngest children were able to tape together a rocket and see how high they could make it fly,” Seguel said of the diverse activities. “Some children like to spend the majority of their time at one activity and really perfect their creation, while others love to race through the stations and see everything.”

Marymount’s new state-of-the-art Center for Creative Design and Engineering housed a number of the colorful experiments set to a background of ocean views. 

“The event allowed parents to get a sense of the robust programs we have here at Marymount in all things STEAM,” Seguel said.

Marymount also welcomed community members from FLIR Systems, the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit, and the UCSB Materials Research Lab to give children a glimpse at where inventive learning and an exploratory mindset could take them.

Marymount is an independent school for children from age 4 through grade 8 that places equal value on the intellectual, social-emotional, and ethical dimensions of learning. For more information, email or call 805-569-1811 ext. 131.

— Rebecca Horrigan for Marymount.