On Saturday January 26th, Hudson Montessori School held their annual Maker Faire to showcase their STEAM programs. Each classroom had a theme focusing on a different aspect of their programs. Students put together projects to demonstrate methods of art, robotics and coding, ecosystems, and hydro tech.
The event kicked off with a pancake breakfast among parents and students. Parents and students took turns making pancakes for each other as well as other friends and family.
Once it was time for the demonstrations at the Maker Faire, everyone gathered in the classrooms. We started with the Dark Room, which included biomimicry, upcycled projects, and displays demonstrating the cycles of the ecosystem. Inspired by nature, students put together architecture inspired by nature or biomimicry with paper circuitry and pin-punched ecosystems and water cycles. One student in particular created a shadow box with recycled lights and folders.
After the Dark Room, parents and students gathered in the tech-centric Bots and Bytes room. Using coding and engineering, students put together projects to demonstrate the importance of technology, from an FM radio to a piper computer.
One student created demonstrations of renewable energy sources – a windmill, solar panels, and a water turbine – along with examples of nonrenewable sources of energy.
The Creative Works room included beautiful pieces created by Hudson Montessori School students. The room focused on the many forms of art, like making crystals with borax and just a few craft supplies.
In between the presentations, everyone was encouraged to pass by the Multipurpose room and meet the various local tech organizations. In attendance were Zaniac, PicoTech Institute, Andy’s Tech Garage, Luna de Papel, and Art Life. Students played with robots, crafts, and more to further learn about the influences of science and technology.
The nearby Science Room included Spills and Thrills, which included the many wonders of slime and milk fireworks. We even got a demonstration by students! The same room also included the school’s hydroponic system put together by students.
The Maker Faire was incredible, and to see so many students actively participating in STEAM programs with interest and passion was inspiring.