Faculty and students from Hofstra University’s School of Education will be among the volunteers teaching and demonstrating activities at the 2015 Long Island Maker Festival at the Port Jefferson Village Center and Harborfront Park, Sunday, June 14, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Dr. Jacqueline Grennon Brooks, professor of curriculum and teaching and creator and director of Hofstra’s STEM studio, says she and 10 undergraduate and graduate students from the elementary education and secondary science education programs will be working as teachers at the Long Island Maker Festival. They will be building life-size geodesic domes, exploring the logic of circuits and staffing an exhibit on the science of roller skating, among other activities.
The Long Island Maker Festival is a family-friendly celebration of invention and innovation. With an interactive exhibition space, known as the Maker Space, the Long Island Maker Festival offers guests of all ages, skill levels, and understanding the chance to experiment and explore science, engineering, technology and art. This event grew out of the national Maker Movement, a social movement with an artisan spirit that promotes study and innovation in the fields of science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics and entrepreneurship.
While the Maker Movement is more popular in urban areas, Dr. Grennon Brooks says in Newsday that there is a definite need for this type of event in the suburbs. Hofstra’s own National Center for Suburban Studies® is supporting the School of Education’s participation in this event.
(Pictured above: Students from the ELED 128 and ELED 129 classes.)