NORTH CALDWELL, NJ — The West Essex Middle School is serving as a participating site for New Jersey Makers Day on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. as a way of encouraging students to learn new skills and work collaboratively on hands-on projects.

New Jersey Makers Day is designed as a statewide event that celebrates, promotes and often introduces culture as well as the values associated with making, tinkering and STEM-based learning, according to a press release about the event.

“The maker movement in the United States isn’t just a hobby,” it states. “It’s having a significant impact on school-curriculum development.”

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The West Essex Regional School District stated that it is “ecstatic to be able to bring type of programming to the West Essex community.

Community members of all ages are invited to participate in the event, which will be filled with activities focused on “maker culture,” such as LED light-up greeting card design, DIY upcycled projects, littleBits exploration, robotics adventures, bridge building and deconstruct-it.

For more information, contact Elizabeth Ricafort, instructional supervisor of science, at ericafort@westex.org. Also learn more about the movement at www.njmakersday.org.

Those interested can also RSVP by clicking HERE.