On Saturday, March 19th the County Library of the Burlington County Library System hosted its 2nd annual Makers Faire in partnership with the statewide NJ Makers Day. Over 500 children, teens and adults attended the event to celebrate and explore maker culture! Over 30 maker stations were available where participants could create, innovate and learn about STEAM and the Maker Movement. Many local organizations and business took part in the event and added to the fun and learning.
Maker culture is becoming increasingly popular with the general public, especially among entrepreneurs, creative professional and young people. Throughout the afternoon, visitors of all ages had an opportunity to create, tinker and explore more than two dozen “maker stations” that were set up in the library.
Check out the video from this year's Maker Faire!
More than just a hobby, the maker movement is having a significant impact on school curriculum development and growing local economies.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “employment in occupations related to STEM -- science, technology, engineering, and mathematics -- is projected to grow to more than 9 million between 2012 and 2022. That’s an increase of about 1 million jobs."