StM students take part in the New Orleans Mini Maker Faire.
On Saturday, April 9, students from the Greater New Orleans area gathered at Bricolage Academy in Mid-City for the third New Orleans Mini Maker Faire. StM students proudly participated as exhibitors. Middle School teacher John Dicasali sponsored a group of 6th grade students who exhibited their Google 20% projects. One unit used Minecraft to simulate natural disasters and create informational safety videos for young children. Another set of students used Lego technic blocks and recycled materials to build an automated pet feeder. A final group created a pollution awareness video based on concepts and issues learned during science classes.
Also present from Middle School was Meredith Long-Dieth, with her 7th and 8th grade theatre students, to showcase their fashion design responses to a Project Runway recycle challenge.
The New Orleans Mini Maker Faire celebrates the maker movement. This year’s fair was a great success, with over 3,000 in attendance. The Maker Faire, described as a giant show and tell session, originated in California and has grown rapidly. In 2015 the original fair celebrated its tenth annual show. The event has gone global since its inception and features Maker Faires all over the world. New Orleans is the home of a community-driven independent event.