(e2) education empowers of Northwest Missouri is a regional, grassroots, life-long learning initiative bringing diverse regional partners together to find new solutions to promote educational attainment and workforce readiness – with a vision of better jobs, better wages, healthier people, and thriving communities. This initiative advocates for a seamless system of education from birth through life. Our region needs to be positioned to grow and prosper in the globally competitive environment we live in today, and e2 is working to make this happen.
Decision to Focus on STEAM
One of these (e2) education emPowers teams is concentrating on meeting a regional need – that of encouraging and increasing Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) efforts. This STEAM Action Team, comprised of members from a myriad of regional organizations including chambers, businesses, churches, and schools, is working tirelessly on several paths to accomplish this goal. Some of their projects include supporting Project Lead the Way in schools and working with the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and the Missouri Mathematics and Science Coalition in supporting schools to utilize the Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway program.
This team determined that to further encourage regional STEAM efforts, a Mini Maker Faire in Northwest Missouri will really boost interest in STEAM areas with youth, teens, adults, and seniors. Hopefully, the increased interest will lead to more students and residents pursuing STEAM careers and perhaps even become entrepreneurs. The faire activities will not only provide a fun introduction to many STEAM areas, but it is also expected to entertain, educate and inspire. The Big Muddy Mini Maker Faire is a product of this regional STEAM Action Team that meets at Heartland Foundation in St. Joseph, Missouri.
The Faire is ideally suited to support the focus and goals of STEAM projects and protocols – as they exist and as they evolve, both in schools and in communities.
We invite you to join us in this exciting endeavor.
Maker Faire originated in 2006 in the San Francisco Bay Area as a project of the editors of Make: magazine. It has since grown into a significant worldwide network of both flagship and independently-produced events. Read more on Maker Faire history, the Maker Movement, as well as how to start a Maker Faire or a School Maker Faire where you live.