Exciting news parents!
Mark your calendars because the Kids International Discover Kid Museum is hosting a kid-friendly event in the DC Metro Area. This science-related faire will show exhibits from people of all ages. On September 25, the Maker Faire in Silver Spring! is take place rain or shine.
Location: Veterans Plaza and The Silver Spring Civic Building (on the corner of Fenton and Ellsworth)
Date: September 25, 2016
Time: Noon – 5PM
KID Museum Maker Space is a first step toward KID Museum’s broader vision of establishing a new kind of children’s museum in the DC metropolitan region that is focused on cultivating creativity, curiosity and compassion among school-aged youth of all backgrounds. In addition to the “maker” programming, KID Museum plans to offer exhibits and interactive programs that encourage an exploration of world cultures and social responsibility. Plans are in the works for KID Museum to establish a permanent home in Montgomery County that will serve the DC metropolitan region.
Montgomery County embraced the concept for KID Museum from the outset and immediately saw the educational benefits of maker programming. In 2013, the County supported KID Museum’s initiative to produce the first official “Maker Faire” in the DC region. The Silver Spring Mini Maker Faire attracted 12,000 people – record numbers for an event of its kind and introduced the DC metropolitan region to the energy and excitement of the “maker movement.” The event received highly favorable reviews, and the County and KID Museum have partnered again to host the next Silver Spring Maker Faire on September 25, 2016.
For all that the National Capital region has to offer, there is a surprising gap in open-ended, informal learning experiences for school-aged children and families. An economic feasibility study financed in part by Montgomery County’s Department of Economic Development documented a 2.2 million-person market for the museum and projects 250,000 visits annually once the museum has established its permanent home.
KID Museum plans a robust research program to monitor the impact of its programming and refine effective strategies for developing creativity and 21st century skills. The Maker Space will function as a true prototyping space and KID Museum will actively elicit input to create programming that meets the needs of the local community. As Lesser put it, “At the end of the day, this program is about inventing the future, one kid at a time.”
Kid Museum. (2014, June 18). Making the Future in Montgomery County Public-Private Partnership Launches Prototype of New Interactive Museum To Cultivate Creativity and STEM Learning with Montgomery County’s First-Ever Maker Space for Children and Families [Press release].
KID Museum. (2013, November 26). 2013 Silver Spring Mini Maker Faire [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekIfydE1Z7U.
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