MAPLEWOOD, NJ - NJ Makers Day was celebrated in Maplewood on Saturday, March 19, with a huge variety of digital and hands-on activities for kids of all ages, and teens and adults as well, at the Hilton Branch of the Maplewood Memorial Library.
Maplewood Mayor Victor DeLuca stated that it was a wonderful event, and that it was "cool to see the kids learning and having a blast." Mayor DeLuca also commented on how great it was that so many teachers were at Makers Day, volunteering their time.
Some of the many activities offered were a cardboard construction zone, a marble roller coaster, build your own circuit, and a paper weight challenge, where participants could try to build a structure that can hold up to six books using just a single piece of paper, scissors and tape.
One of the most popular areas was the 3D CAD mini workshop, which gave kids the chance to create their own customized robot, and then print it out using the 3D printer. Noah Brauner, who teaches 3D CAD at Columbia High School, was one of the volunteers helping kids to create robots with the printer, and he stated how quickly kids can learn and acquire new skills when given the chance to try out things, like they were able to do at the Makers Day event.
Makers Day was part of the Maplewood Ideas Festival which runs through April 6. The full schedule is here.