Not Your Average Science Fair

This blog was posted on behalf of Greg Fagan, Intel Corporate Affairs. Follow him on Twitter @GREG_INTEL. Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. All of these “makers” come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned.

Intel is sponsoring this year’s Maker Faire Education Day- held two days prior to the weekend event- where students get a tour of the grounds at Maker Faire while exhibitor booths and workshops are being setup. They’ll see the sights and hear the sounds of select “Makers”, while participating in activities and previewing their demonstrations.

Employee volunteers from across Intel will lead approximately 1500 students on their tours as part of the Intel Involved volunteer program. Intel and the Intel Foundation invest more than a $100 million a year in science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs because Intel believes that the next generation of innovators needs those skills as the basis for critical thinking, collaboration, and problem-solving. As leaders in the maker-movement, Intel believes those young innovators are the key to solving global challenges in our future.

What’s exciting is that some of our very own Makers will be manning the booth on Education Day. Many of Intel’s brilliant minds will be sharing projects they’ve made at work and home; including electric vehicles, 3-D printing projects, wearable electronics, and even renewable energy generators. Intel’s history is deeply rooted in “making things” and continues to be the core of our company culture. These internal ambassadors inspire the rest of us to think critically and creatively, and I enjoy working alongside them every day – though, some mornings it is a bit odd pulling in behind an electric tricycle.

Meet some of Intel’s Makers on Thursday, May 17 from 11:00am – 2:00pm. Preview tours are ninety-minutes with staggered start times.

For more information about the event, visit the Maker Faire web site.

“Intel is a company built by people who dreamed big and made the future with their own hands. We believe in a world of innovation and a world of possibilities. Maker Faire shares these values as well as Intel’s commitment to hands-on learning that inspires student interest in design, technology, engineering, and science. We look forward to partnering on Education Day to put the power of innovation in the hands of as many young people as possible.” -Genevieve Bell, Director, Interaction & Experience Research Intel Labs