By Yoo Jin Lim and Taylor Bata
The American School of Warsaw hosted its first annual School Maker Faire on April 27th, 2017.
According to the official American School of Warsaw school Maker Faire website, “Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, scientists, authors, artists, students, and community makers. All of these ‘makers’ come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned.”
Over 50 “makers” participated. The students who participated were from the 9th and 10th grade Design technology class, and there were volunteers from engineering companies in Warsaw.
Throughout the day, students, and teachers from the school were able to test and look at the many displays in the Old and Elementary Gym.
Among these projects were a model airplane, hovercraft, claw game, puppet stage and Yumi robot.
Due to the weather conditions, the Faire had to be held inside, but it did not stop the festivities from happening. According to 9th-grade student, Haruka S. her claw machine required “Hard work programming all the functions into the controller because if we made one mistake, the whole machine would not work. It was worth it in the end, though.”
The Maker Faire ended successfully at 3:00, and Adam Campbell, the head of the design team in the American School of Warsaw thanked the makers, volunteers, and the school community for sharing their passion, and supporting the huge event.
9th grade student Jeong Bin L. worked with his fellow 9th-grader Geunseok S. “to create the emblem of the Maker Faire which is a huge robot.”
According to Jeong Bin, “I actually wanted for my project to be more flashier and awe-inspiring, but I believe my project idea is decent. The project is a .5 meter tall model robot. It cannot function like a real robot, but it might be able to play music.”