What's so exciting about maker?

Rafiakids had the chance to be part of an exciting new local event this week. On Tuesday, over 200 families met in the Bacich community centre for a fun night of making, socializing, and discovering the great atmosphere that can be created when families gather in a creative environment. 

Rafiakids Founder Claire Comins took the opportunity to interview the organisers of the event, and the principal and Innovation and Integration specialist of this local public elementary school to hear what they think is so exciting about maker. 

'Maker activities encourage our children to be creative, ind ependent thinkers, and courageous in trying new things. And it is fun for all ages!”

Sarah Killingsworth, KSPTA Parent Ed committee and co-chair for Family Maker Night

 'It’s especially exciting because kids get to share this experience with their family and maybe make some discoveries with new materials, tools, or arts and crafts supplies.' 

 Annalyn Chargualaf-Peluso, co-chair for Family Maker Night

 'I think a hands-on approach is always beneficial in education. It really helps to give kids a conceptual understanding of the subject matter before branching off into the abstract. Plus, making taps into kids’ natural creativity and allows them to take ownership of their learning.'

Kevin Cutler, Innovation and Integration Specialist, Bacich Elementary and Kent Middle Schools

 'There’s something magical about bringing school families together for a parent-child event. We have such a wonderful school, that these moments allow us to feel the special bond that we have as a school community. The energy is so positive, and the challenge of working on a maker projects allows for our moms and dads to see their children in action and really engaged in creative learning – together.”

Sally Peck, Principal, Bacich Elementary School

  

Rafiakids student with inspiration for the class el-wire project we'll be taking to the Marinovators Fair at College of Marin this April

Rafiakids student with inspiration for the class el-wire project we'll be taking to the Marinovators Fair at College of Marin this April

Sharing projects and passing on new knowledge is a big part of the maker mindset. These students are great at that!

Sharing projects and passing on new knowledge is a big part of the maker mindset. These students are great at that!

Elementary students taking a break from hands-on craft to program tiny ozobots at the rafiakids table

Elementary students taking a break from hands-on craft to program tiny ozobots at the rafiakids table

littleBits are a great quick entry to making - and class videos show children what can be done with them

littleBits are a great quick entry to making - and class videos show children what can be done with them