Family Day in Oakland
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Family Day in Oakland

A student works with Scratch animation. (Courtesy GBDS)
A student works with Scratch animation. (Courtesy GBDS)

The Academies @ GBDS hosts Family Maker Day, in collaboration with New Jersey Maker Day, on Sunday, March 10, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The maker movement in the United States has made an impact on school curriculum development. To celebrate making and maker culture, people across New Jersey will gather from Friday, March 9, to Sunday, March 10, in libraries, schools, museums, colleges, businesses, and other community locations.

New Jersey Makers Day is a statewide celebration that, promotes, honors, and in many cases introduces maker culture, as well as the values associated with making, tinkering, and STEM-based learning. In 2017, New Jersey Makers Day drew more than 85,000 people to more than 300 participating sites in all of the state’s 21 counties. The Academies @ GBDS is a participating site for New Jersey Makers Day on March 10. Everyone 4 years old and older is welcome to GBDS for  “Make Your Family’s Story” which features many stations, including 3D design and printing, Scratch animation, stop-motion animation, paper collages, music, and other creative media.

Makerspaces across the state are having a significant impact on education and job skills development by providing access to people, information, resources, and tools that facilitate making to a wide variety of skill levels. New Jersey Makers Day allows communities to share hands-on programming opportunities, demonstrations, and displays, and the expertise of the people and organizations that make, create, and develop right in their own backyards.

“We are ecstatic to be able to bring this type of programming to the Bergen County/Oakland community,” Sheila Barbach, the Academies @ GBDS coordinator, said. “We are committed to finding ways to help people to learn new skills and to work collaboratively on exciting hands-on projects.” 

For more information, call Ms. Barbach at (201) 337-1111 or go to www.ssnj.org. Academies @ GBDS is at 45 Spruce Street in Oakland. Find out more about New Jersey Makers Day at www.njmakersday.org.

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