Wells Road students were excited to participate in Simsbury Public Library’s Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, April 1. No Fooling! The newly formed MakerSpace Club accepted the challenge to design and create marble runs out of cardboard, water bottles, popsicle sticks and other common materials, and demonstrated them at a booth at the Faire. Makers is a collaborative group, so students prepared for the event by finding a marble run activity for visitors to make and setting up a schedule so that there would always be representatives on hand to show visitors how marble runs work.
The MakerSpace student advisors planned the booth’s design, handouts, supply list and schedule. Club members and their families came to work the booth and found out that the Mini Maker Faire was an exciting way to try all kinds of creative activities and learn about electricity, robotics, painting, weaving, upcycling and even origami from skilled makers in our community.
The students would like to thank their supporters, especially the Granby Education Foundation and Granby PTO, for helping Wells Road enter the growing world of STEAM-tinkering by creating a MakerSpace in the Media Center.
From l. (back row): Laurie Smith, Dr. Anna Forlenza-Bailey and Casey Daniels, (front): MakerSpace club members.