Join Us on September 20th for Maker Faire Silver Spring. It’s Free!

KID Museum organizes and produces Maker Faire Silver Spring as part of their mission to provide school-age youth access to maker experiences to promote engagement in STEM learning and diversify the populations attracted to STEM fields.

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With over 14,000 people attending, Maker Faire Silver Spring has become the DC community’s home-town Maker Faire and includes a wide range of exhibitors, including federal agencies that deploy making everyday to advance their missions alongside local robotics teams, hobbyists and makers of all stripes.

As one of the few Maker Faires nationally and internationally that is free to attend, we attract an exceptionally diverse audience and work closely with our partner groups to conduct extensive outreach to ensure underserved populations participate in the event.   Our partners include the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, Collaboration Council, Excel Beyond the Bell, MOST, Rockville Science Center and other non-profit educational groups.

See the video of last year’s Silver Spring ” Maker Faire : 


KID Maker Challenge: Kinetic Art

Over the next few months leading up to the Silver Spring Maker Faire we will be challenging all young makers to stretch their minds.  These challenges give kids who operate under a “maker” mindset the chance to create new projects by applying scientific, technological, math, artistic and engineering design concepts.

Kinetic Art Challenge:

Kinetic art is art that moves. The most common examples are three-dimensional sculptures and figures such as mobiles that move naturally or are machine operated. The moving parts are generally powered by wind, a motor or the observer.

Your challenge is to make a piece of artwork that incorporates movement to make the piece visually interesting.  When you are finished, post about your results on our Facebook page!

Why Encourage Your Kids To Make?

– Guest blog by Activity Rocket –

Ask any kid if they love “show and tell” and a big smile will emerge on their faces. The maker community unites DIYers, tinkerers, hobbyists, scientists, artists, crafters and anyone who is curious, who loves learning, and who enjoys sharing in a big show and tell! We encourage our kids to participate in team sports, play an instrument, and learn a second language. In today’s society, we should be encouraging them to MAKE. Here’s why:

Making, creating and inventing is a great way to release an inner scientist, encourage a closet artist, or just explore a new hobby. With so many over-scheduled kids participating in highly structured activities, making is an opportunity to freely explore interests and passions at a self-directed pace.

The maker community is open to all. Makers can range in age from young children to older adults and come from a wide variety of backgrounds. What unites them is their passion for their creative pursuits and their drive to celebrate individuality and resourcefulness.

Sunday’s Maker Faire is a great opportunity to introduce the kids in your life to the joy of “making.” By making something they are passionate about and then sharing it with others, young people are building life-long communication skills and gaining self-confidence. Makers are our future scientists, engineers, artists, and entrepreneurs – come out on Sunday to engage your kids in becoming the makers of tomorrow!

Looking for metro-DC’s best maker activities and events? Look no further then with more then 260 categories of activities to choose from, including STEMrobotics, arts & crafts, book & paper arts, jewelry, puppetry, woodworking, and much more! Start searching now!

KID Challenge! Boat Building

Make a boat with NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) at Maker Faire Silver Spring on September 14th. The nation’s ocean explorers invite you to try out a special Boat Building Challenge where kids use aluminum foil to make “boats” and then test their design by seeing how many pennies or paperclips they can hold. See what you can learn about gravity, buoyancy and friction as you try your hand at making a boat strong enough to transport heavy cargo across the ocean.

Want to try it at home? Check out this link for instructions and materials.

And check out these cool NOAA Research Ships that show where boat-building can lead:

Houston! We Have a Maker Faire.

NASA is coming back to the DC area’s largest Maker Faire in downtown Silver Spring on September 14th and bringing a variety of interesting space technology, including its Infrared camera, for you to try out.

What is infrared light? Infrared light is commonly referred to as heat rays. With NASA’s James Webb space telescope Infrared Camera, you are able to view the invisible heat rays on your body. Come visit the Webb telescope booth and learn about how the telescope can reveal the hidden stars and solar system forming with the cocoons of dust.

Stop by the NASA booth at the Faire and try out astronaut tools and gloves, see NASA’s First Robotics Team, learn about space communications, and much more!