Site Registration for New Jersey Makers Day 2017 is Now Open!

Early-bird registration for NJMD sites begins today! We invite organizations interested in being a host site for New Jersey Makers Day (NJMD) to register their location using the following form :

The form can also be found in our main menu under "Sites"

There is no cost associated with becoming a participating site, and sites have complete autonomy to plan and coordinate activities as they would like. Our committee, in turn, offers our participating sites support in the form of a digital press kit, professional development opportunities, monthly site manager meetings, and other incentives from our various partners and sponsors.

We are also available to our sites with any questions regarding program ideas, community connections, funding sources and more!

The early-bird registration period will run from September 19th to November 18th. Sites that register during this period will have exclusive first-access to any sponsorships or other incentives that become available.

look forward to joining you in showcasing and celebrating NJ Makers Day 2017 together!

NJ Makers Day Highlights : Hainesport School District

One Burlington County Librarian is excited to bring the Makerspace culture to students in her Hainesport Township K-8 school. Since September school librarian Tricina Strong-Beebe has been planning and promoting NJ Makers Day (NJMD) at every grade level. Students are already asking about which events their school will be hosting come March. “In fact, our first New Jersey Makers Day was so successful that we decided to continue our Makerspace activities during the final weeks of June!” says Strong-Beebe.

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Items highlighted in Hainesport Township School’s Makerspace program include:

  • Thingiverse
  • Tinkercad
  • Coding 3D
  • Printing
  • Finch robots
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Brainstorming
  • Troubleshooting

Established in 2015, NJMD fosters the collaboration between libraries, businesses, and museums to offer students hands-on learning experiences. Students are a part of a larger, statewide maker movement and can follow and learn from makerspace events held throughout New Jersey. NJMD is an engaging experience for educators and students alike. Makerspace programs support both New Jersey Common Core and STEAM initiatives. Project-based learning experiences produce 21st Century builders, designers, creators and entrepreneurs for tomorrow’s workforce. Makerspace projects and activities inspire the creation of innovative designs, enhanced self-directed learning, and critical thinking.

For Hainesport Township School especially, the Makerspace movement connects students to their school and public libraries. This past school year, Hainesport students were able to fundraise, in conjunction with the PTO, for a 3D printer. Students have seen multiple cross-curricular projects come alive with 3D prints and interactive software programs. So far, students have been able to print a life-sized human heart for Health class, regions of the United States as well as self-created group projects. Children that see libraries as invaluable community resources will go on to utilize them well beyond graduation. NJMD promotes the free and fun offerings at locations statewide.

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About Tricina Strong-Beebe: Tricina Strong-Beebe is currently a District School Library Media Specialist for K-8th Grade in Burlington County. Previously, she worked for Camden County Library Systems for nine years and currently attends Rutgers University Graduate School for Continued Studies in Education. She was NJLA’s 2013 Karma Scholarship Recipient and a past member of NJLA’s Honors and Awards Committee. You can follow her school on Instagram HPSD_Library and Twitter @BBbiblioTECH.

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NJ Makers Day Highlights - Bridgeton Public Library

Over the next few months, we will be posting pics and videos highlighting some of the great offering and programs our sites have provided during past NJ Makers Days. This time up, we are sharing some awesome videos created by patrons at the Bridgeton Public Library from their 2016 NJ Makers Day!

Oh, and watch it seems there is something in the water in Bridgeton, NJ ....

Support NJMD

Recently, there has been interest expressed by those looking to support NJ Makers Day sites through donations. This can be a great way to show your support for the variety of different activities and events taking place at more than 200 schools, libraries, museums, makerspaces and more throughout New Jersey! All donations are administered through the New Jersey Makers Day A NJ Non Profit Corporation, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization and will be used to provide direct support to participating NJ Makers Day sites.

Donation by check: Check donations are accepted by mail. A receipt of your donation will be sent to you upon receipt of you donation. Donations can be made out to "New Jersey Makers Day A NJ Non Profit Corporation" and mailed to :  

New Jersey Makers Day A NJ Non Profit Corporation
Attn: James Keehbler, Treasurer
500 Hoes Lane
Piscataway, NJ 08854

Online Donation : Use the button below to donate to NJ Makers Day via Paypal

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