This past Saturday, March 25, 2017, Peconic Community School lived and breathed its mission, vision, and name at CREATE: A Maker Fair. Students, staff, parents, our school board, and many, many members of the wider community *made* for an incredibly successful fair. At our home campus in Aquebogue, we hosted more than thirty makers, welcomed well over 300 attendees, enjoyed three live performances, sent dozens of children riding on a handcrafted hoverboard, and led visitors through an interactive blacklight experience.
Hosting CREATE at our school also gave us the opportunity to open our school and classrooms to the community. PCS co-founders Liz Casey Searl and Kathryn Casey Quigley offered visitors guided tours of our classrooms and spoke about the school's mission and practices. CREATE: A Maker Fair coincided with the end of our second trimester of study: an exploration of making, the maker movement, and maker education. Peconic Community School culminates each trimester with a Celebration of Learning -- family and friends are invited to the school to view presentations and displays of the student work accomplished during the trimester. With the Celebration of Learning happening on the same day as CREATE: A Maker Fair, PCS students showcased their work to hundreds of guests.
The atmosphere at our second annual maker fair was positively VIBRANT, and the day was a true celebration of collaboration, creativity, community, and resourcefulness. Thank you, to each and every maker, attendee, volunteer, parent, student, staff member, and neighbor who contributed his or her energy and enthusiasm to CREATE: A Maker Fair. It was a success in every way, and we can't wait until next year!