Demco Post: How to Plan A Maker Fest at Your School

How to Plan a Maker Fest : Learn the logistics of planning a Maker Fest / Maker Fair at your school.

I’ve written lots of posts about the various Maker Fairs (also called Maker Fests) that I did at Stewart over the years I was there, going all the way back to our first one in 2014.  But somehow, I never got around to writing a post about the logistics, the details of how we went from concept to event every year.  I finally got around to writing that post, and you can now check it out over on Ideas and Inspiration from Demco blog.

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How to Plan a Maker Fest at Your School

In my post on Demco, I share what I learned from four Maker Fests over the years.  I’ll help you learn:

  • How to work with what you’ve already got to create your Fest
  • How to get your students involved in the planning
  • Ways to invite guests and advertise your event

I’ll also go into the details of different types of stations and activities that you can have at your event.  There’s lots of examples from my students’ projects and there are examples for any budget.  You’ll learn how to create:

  • A student project showcase
  • Hands-on activities and interactive stations
  • Make-and-take activities

Click on over to read the whole thing

Challenge-Based Learning in the School Library Makerspace

If you want to learn even more about how a Maker Fest can fit into a great maker program, you’ll want to check out the book I co-wrote with Colleen Graves and Aaron Graves.

Check out Challenge-Based Learning in the School Library Makerspace


Diana Rendina, MLIS, is the media specialist at Tampa Preparatory School, an independent 6-12 in Tampa, FL. Previously, she was the media specialist at Stewart Middle Magnet School for seven years, where she founded their library makerspace. She is the creator of the blog RenovatedLearning.com. She was a monthly contributor to AASL Knowledge Quest from 2015-2018. Diana is the winner of the 2016 ISTE Outstanding Young Educator Award, the 2015 ISTE Librarians Network Secondary Award, the 2015 AASL Frances Henne Award & the 2015 SLJ Build Something Bold Award. She is an international speaker on the Maker Movement and has presented at conferences including AASL, FETC & ISTE. Diana co-authored Challenge-Based Learning in the School Library Makerspace with Colleen and Aaron Graves and is also the author Reimagining Library Spaces: Transform Your Space on Any Budget.