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The Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation are proud to be supporting the Jersey Shore Makerfest.  We are asking all of our Impact Awardees and the Toms River Artists Committee (TRAC) to register to be a participant!  So what is it?

The Toms River Regional School District is proud to announce the first Jersey Shore Makerfest, which takes place Saturday, October 17, 2015, from 10AM to 5PM at the Pine Belt Arena on Old Freehold Road in Toms River. Over 75 participating “makers” will celebrate creativity and learning in our schools and communities. People of all ages and all backgrounds from throughout NJ are invited.

Think of Makerfest as part garage workshop, part science lab, part county fair, and part art exhibition. Here, participants will not only share what they do, but will give attendees an opportunity to experience it. You’ll meet hobbyists, builders, artists, engineers, hackers, tinkerers, cooks, florists, architects, crafters, performers, scientists, and writers. Activities are centered around sixty-five participant booths, EdTalks on the main stage, and an EdSpace for workshops and focused discussions. At the center of Makerfest will be a 2800 square foot makerspace, where attendees can experience diverse hands-on activities that are limited only by the imagination.

Makerfest capitalizes on the worldwide “maker movement” taking hold this decade that represents the fusion of art with science, technology with nature, and the past with the future. The event is being organized by NJ teachers, students and administrators, the Department of Education, NJ School Boards Association, the NJ Makerspace Association, and Rutgers University (so far!).

The event is free of cost to attendees. Pre-register on their website at jerseyshoremakerfest.org.

There are still a few spaces for participators / exhibitors left. Those interested in participating or finding out more can go to jerseyshoremakerfest.org or contact Tiffany Lucey at tlucey@trschools.com.

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