When I first started to consider what kind of education I wanted my daughter to receive I was hit with a few major life truths: First, it is her education (not mine). Second, she should have access to all of the subjects that are important to her future, not just things that I wish I had access to for mine. Third, I have no idea what her future will look like, so I better start thinking like a futurist for her sake.
One of the very first things I learned when diving into current education standards is that not all curriculums are created equal. For our family and our daughter we chose a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) based education. This fit in perfect harmony with not only her interests, but her learning style as well.
One of the biggest gifts that we can give girls these days is not only the ability to dream big but the tools in which to make their dreams a reality. No where is that preparation more evident than in a STEM-based curriculum. That is also why it is important to encourage the creation of new ideas in them while they’re young. The idea of becoming a quote maker” is essential. As an ongoing commitment to my daughter to encourage her to think outside of the box and know that no matter what she is able to create and achieve all of her dreams, I will be taking her to visit Maker Faire Orlando this weekend.
Maker Faire Orlando began in 2012 as a family friendly showcase of DIY science, art, technology, and hands-on activities. Independent crafters to scientists can share what they are making and learning. Now in its 5th year, the event is part of the original Maker Faire held in San Mateo, CA and now also in New York, Atlanta, Detroit, Paris, Rome, Tokyo, and other cities around the world. In all, there are more than 150 independently organized Maker Faire in 30 countries around the world.
This two-day, family-friendly celebration will feature hundreds of local Makers, hands-on workshops and more that will entertain and inspire more than 20,000 members of the Central Florida community. Maker Faire Orlando will be held on October 22nd and 23rd at the Central Florida Exposition Park (Fairgrounds).
Will you be attending this weekend? Please reach out to me on social media and let me know how you enjoy it!
For more information about Marker Faire Orlando, click here!