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It’s Back and Madder Than Ever—Maker Madness 2019 at Columbia High School April 27

From the Achieve Foundation of Maplewood and South Orange:

It’s the science fair meets crafts fair as the Achieve Foundation’s 5th annual Maker Madness fair returns to Columbia High School on April 27, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. This free event reveals the exciting world of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts and math) education to students and their families, with more than 25 demonstrations and interactive activities for ages 4 to 94. By trying their hands at woodworking, electronics tear-down, computer coding and crafts, students discover that “learning by doing” is inspirational, educational, engaging, and down-right fun!

Maker Madness is open to all school-age children in the community and anyone who wants to experiment with building and creating. The day will feature a wide range of activity stations with guidance from teachers, artisans and other “makers” from the community. At some Maker Stations you can:

  • Discover drones
  • Play with paper rockets
  • Observe bees in their hives
  • Drive a prototype of the Mars Rover
  • Craft a working model of the hand
  • Build a model bridge
  • Create a water shooter out of PVC pipe
  • Make slime
  • Take apart electronic devices to see how they work
  • See a wall of foam made by our giant custom bubble machine (back by popular demand!)

Maker Madness grows each year, and last year welcomed more than 1,200 kids and adults. Participants get to take home their creations, and attendees enjoy chances to win door prizes donated by local merchants. Have lunch or a snack at the concession stand. It’s like a day at the museum just minutes from home. Please note: This is not a drop-off event; children 12 and under must bring an adult!

New for 2019, Maker Madness will feature music making, with an open mic session in the Black Box theater, designed to appeal to middle and high school students in particular. Come sing, play, recite poetry and learn how to record and mix sound.

The Achieve Foundation of South Orange and Maplewood invites families and businesses to be sponsors of Maker Madness. We are also seeking activity leaders and volunteers to help supervise maker stations on the day of the event – you can sign up to help here. For more information, go to

Maker Madness: it’s fun, it’s free, it’s fantastic! #whatwillyoumake #SOMakers #MakerMadness

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