Come one, come all, to the Mini Maker Faire!

By Ben Campbell

Last month, National Grid was a major sponsor of the Boston Children’s Museum’s First Annual Mini Maker Faire.  More than 2,200 attendees enjoyed an incredible day of off-beat, wiz-bang inventions, numerous sights and sounds, creative hands-on activities, and inspiring “aha” moments.  The level of Boston-Children-Museum-Fair-4engagement among attendees big and small was amazing, and built a wonderful bridge to the innovative individuals and organizations in and around Greater Boston.  The day would not have been possible without the instrumental support and involvement of National Grid.

Additionally, college mentors and high school students from Northeastern University’s NUTRONS program, sponsored by National Grid, hosted one of the most popular exhibits of the day, a ball-tossing robot! The NUTRONS are a group of undergraduate engineering students who encourage and mentor high school students throughout the New England region pursuing STEM careers through the FIRST Robotics and Vex Robotics competitions.

The Faire is one component of a robust partnership National Grid has with the Boston Children’s Museum.  National Grid is also the exclusive sponsor of BCM’s new STEM program called the Tinker Kit.  Developed in 2015, the Kit is designed to build the capacity of educators and parents to support their child’s technology learning. More than 500 Kits were created and reached more than 17,500 preschool children last year alone.  In-depth training events for early educators took place at the Boston Children’s Museum, Imajine That in Lawrence, Children’s Museum of Greater Fall River, Cape Cod Children’s Museum in Mashpee and the EcoTarium in Worcester.

See below for more photos from the Faire!

 

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