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October 17, 2015


Toms River High School North and the Pine Belt Arena

1245 Old Freehold Road, Hooper Avenue, Toms River, NJ 08753-8361




TOMS RIVER REGIONAL SCHOOLS IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE...
EdCamp Toms River has evolved into the first Jersey Shore Makerfest! To attend sign up at JerseyShoreMakerfest.org

TOMS RIVER REGIONAL SCHOOLS IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE VERY FIRST JERSEY SHORE MAKERFEST ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17TH FROM 10AM TO 5PM AT THE PINE BELT ARENA IN TOMS RIVER. MAKERFEST IS WHERE MINDS OF ALL AGES CAN PLAY AND WORK WITH A VARIETY OF TOOLS AND MATERIALS. IT IS A CELEBRATION OF CREATIVITY AND IMAGINATION THAT IS A WORKSHOP, SCIENCE LAB, COUNTY FAIR AND ART EXHIBITION ALL IN ONE. THE EVENT IS FREE TO ALL WHO PRE-REGISTER AND WILL INCLUDE MORE THAN 60 MAKERSPACES, SPEAKERS, DEMOS,HANDS ON ACTIVITIES AND MORE.

About the Makerfest


The Toms River Regional School District is excited to announce this groundbreaking educational and community event. The Makerfest will be a celebration of creativity and imagination that is a workshop, science lab, county fair, and art exhibition rolled into one. At its center will be a makerspace where attendees can experience making in a hands-on environment. We are inviting students, educators, family and community members who consider themselves makers to join us in a day of sharing, learning and fun.
Our vision is to create a diverse and inclusive community whose members see themselves as creators, collaborators, innovators and makers.


Our goals are to:
Provide a venue for individuals and groups to express and share their innovation and creativity
Gain new understandings to improve teaching, learning, and citizenship in a global community
Articulate and experience the connections among science, technology, engineering, art, math, literacy, and social involvement to make learning and living more integrated
Promote authentic, hands on, project based activities for children of all ages
Provide communities with a model for creating their own maker events and makerspaces


===What is a Maker?===
The maker movement celebrates the fusion of art with science, technology with nature, and the past with the future. Makers are people just like you who use their hands and their imaginations to design and build creations that are practical, beautiful, quizzical or whimsical (and sometimes all of these). Makers are hobbyists, contractors, artists, engineers, students, teachers, tinkerers, cooks, tech enthusiasts, architects, crafters, performers, scientists, and writers. They range from chefs to quilters, from scout troops to science clubs, and from model train builders to home builders, with aesthetics spanning a bit of steampunk, Americana, cosplay, Legos, and David Bowie. For the Jersey Shore Makerfest, we look forward to you expanding our ideas of what a maker is!
For more information on making, makers, and makerspaces in NJ, go to njmakerspace.org
===Who Is Makerfest For?===

What Will I Experience at Makerfest?


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Contacts


To manage this event, we ask you to use the links on our homepage. Once you’ve submitted the requested information, we will contact you. If you still have questions, in a pinch you can reach us at .
Tiffany: tlucey@trschools.com
Marc: mnatanagara@trschools.com

Toms River Regional Schools


About Our Schools

Toms River Regional Schools is the largest suburban district and the fifth largest district in New Jersey. With 19 school sites, 1600 staff, and almost 16,000 students spread over a 56 square mile geographic area, we have a significant influence on educational and management practices in Ocean County and across the state. The district has won numerous grants and awards, and its members have presented across the country on innovative and effective educational practices. We have dedicated over $4.3 million toward educational technology for students and teachers and $2 million in staff training in the past year, and are pathfinders in the areas of curriculum, professional development, and classroom innovation. The Pine Belt Arena is our 4000-seat sports venue and will be set up for as many as 100 presenters, speakers and vendors. High School North is a large and traditional school facility for 2341 students. It will be the location for breakout sessions and an indoor eating area. For more information on the school district, go to www.trschools.com