Makers Faire 2016

Taylar Tramil

On the 7th of May, a Makers Faire was hosted at Schurz High School on the Northside, marking the largest Makers Faire in the chicagoland area and celebrating their 5th anniversary, with over 50 sponsors and volunteers. There were flying helicopters, water robots, virtual worlds, 3-D printing, up-cycling, the arts and more.

The Makers Faire started in April of 2012 where two inspiring people came together to focus on educating everyone, including teachers, youth, and professionals, creating a space with the opportunity to learn from one another.

At the faire, showcases brought together the sciences and the arts all in one building. Including a club from Columbia College from downtown,dance groups and hobbyist. Some students from DeVry Advantage Academy gained knowledge about the event through their Spanish teacher.

“When I first arrived at the Faire my friend and I were confused as to where we should go. Once we found the cafeteria where most of the tables were set up, it was much easier to find everything,” said Allison from DeVry Advantage Academy.

There were many different types of categories where people were welcome to fully immerse themselves into any of the activities and showcases that were there. The Makers Faire is a place where families and everyone can enjoy and learn from the different booths and ask questions.

“I was pretty lost and new to the whole experience, but as I entered the library with my mother and younger brothers, we just went with it and had fun!,” said Amanda.

The Makers Faire has given many children and adults of all ages the opportunity to discover the endless possibilities and the chance to see things that you wouldn’t in your everyday lifestyle.

“Now I have realized that I can express my creativity more than just using markers and paper,” said Rayna Mckissack from DeVry Advantage Academy.

Not only does this give opportunity, but this faire also gives people, especially those of the youth, to generate ideas for what they can do in the future.

“If this faire was pushed within the community far enough (exploited more), this impact can inspire the future generation to make new inventions for our society,” said Amanda.