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Blog | Sept. 5, 2013

Sparking Imagination with the KID Museum’s Mini Maker Faire

Founder, Kids International Discovery (KID)

KID Museum is an emerging museum in Montgomery County, MD with the mission to cultivate children's creativity, curiosity and compassion through playful exploration of the world. Their focus is on three core programmatic areas: 1) international culture, 2) science, technology, engineering, art and math, and 3) social responsibility. 

On September 29th, DC-area families will have a new opportunity to spark their kids’ imaginations when the first official Maker Faire comes to the DC region. This exciting, free community event, produced by Kids International Discovery Museum (KID Museum) in collaboration with Discovery Communications and Make.org, invites children of all ages to experiment with what they can make, and become a part of a culture that celebrates innovation, exploration, stretching your brain and getting your hands dirty. From experimenting with robotics to making your own computer games or building a giant marble run, a wide range of hands-on workshops and demonstrations will give DC-area families a one-of-a-kind immersion into the Maker movement. 

Maker Faires are family-friendly festivals celebrated as the “Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth.” Hundreds of thousands of people attend flagship Maker Faire events around the world, and this year, KID Museum will present the first official Mini Maker Faire in the DC metropolitan area. At the event, “makers” will showcase imaginative creations that will educate and engage people of all ages and backgrounds. 

KID Museum is dedicated to advancing interactive learning, and is planning to feature a Maker Space in its permanent home. As a so-called “creativity crisis” brews among youth, KID Museum is working to create more opportunities for kids to engage in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) learning through hands-on activities that encourage open-ended exploration. KID Museum plans to emphasize Maker activities to help children learn resourcefulness and realize their imagination’s potential. 

The Mini Maker Faire is one of the first KID Museum events to incorporate its core programmatic areas of science, technology, engineering, art and math, international culture, and social responsibility. Activities at the Faire are structured around those guiding themes. Here’s a preview of what to expect:

President Barack Obama said at the National Academy of Sciences Annual Meeting in 2009, “I want us all to think about new and creative ways to engage young people in science and engineering, whether it's science festivals, robotics competitions, fairs that encourage young people to create and build and invent -- to be makers of things, not just consumers of things.” By organizing the Silver Spring Mini Maker Faire and building Montgomery County’s first children’s museum, KID Museum is creating channels for young people to do exactly that. 

Make a Difference: Join KID Museum’s Power2Give campaign and give more people the chance to make something amazing. The Power2Give campaign will help bring KID Museum’s mission to fruition by providing the tools for tinkering and spaces for exploring at September 29th’s free event.