Monday, March 20th, 2017

NJ Makers Day logoThe maker movement in the United States isn’t just a hobby; it’s having a significant impact on school curriculum development and growing local economies. To celebrate making and maker culture, residents throughout New Jersey will come together on Friday, March 24 and Saturday, March 25, 2017 in libraries, schools, museums, colleges, makerspaces, businesses and other community locations.

NJ Makers Day is designed to be a statewide event that celebrates, promotes, and in many cases may introduce maker culture, as well as the values associated with making, tinkering and STEM-based learning. In 2016, NJ Makers Day drew over 40,000 individual attendees to more than 230 participating sites across all 21 counties in the state. Participating locations included public and academic libraries, schools, museums, commercial makerspaces, and AC Moore stores, as well as sponsorship from such organizations as LibraryLinkNJ, littleBits Electronics, and ManufactureNJ.

Photo from last year's makers day, showing students and their creations in a large meeting spaceMakerspaces across the state are having a significant impact on education and job skills development by providing access to people, information, resources, and tools that facilitate making to a wide variety of skill levels. NJ Makers Day allows communities to share hands-on programming opportunities, demonstrations and displays, and the expertise of the individuals and organizations that make, create, and develop right in their own backyards.

“We are ecstatic to be able to bring this type of programming to the surrounding communities,” said Kerry Eberhardt, Director of Programs at the Morris County School of Technology. “We are committed to finding ways to help people to learn new skills and to work collaboratively on exciting hands-on projects.” Morris County School of Technology is proud to be a participating site for New Jersey Makers Day!

All are welcome to join on Saturday, March 25th for exciting demonstrations focusing on the maker culture. The Maker Faire-style event will be from 9:00am-12:00pm in Building 4, Room 405A. Please register for this free event at http://tiny.cc/i4svjy.

For more information, please contact Kerry Eberhardt at 973-627-4600 ext. 297 or via email at [email protected]. Morris County School of Technology is located at 400 East Main St, Denville. Find out more about New Jersey Makers Day at www.njmakersday.org.