Maker Faires are gaining popularity across the country, and if you’re searching for a fun activity for your family this weekend, you must stop into your local Barnes & Noble on November 6, 7th or 8th to see “hobbyists, crafters, tech enthusiasts and educators” come together “to inspire new ways to make and create”. Kathleen Campisano is the VP of Toys and Games at Barnes & Noble and she was kind enough to join me for an interview this week to discuss just what a Maker Faire is, different things people will see at at Maker Faire, the goals of a Mini Maker Faire and much more!
Candace Rose: What is a Maker Faire?
Kathleen Campisano: “Candace, there is a movement and it’s happening across this country. What it is is that hobbyists and crafters and tech enthusiasts and educators, they’re all coming together for the first time to co-collaborate, share ideas, and inspire new ways to make and create. A Maker Faire is really just a celebration of that event taking place, and it’s really a platform for which those makers can come and engage with the general public and share what they’re doing.”
Candace Rose: What are some things people will see at a Maker Faire?
Kathleen Campisano: “They’re going to see all kinds of things. If you come in to Barnes & Noble the weekend of November 6th, 7th and 8th there are three areas I’d love for your to check out. You’re going to want to come to what we call the Make Workspace. In that Make Workspace you’re going to see tech demonstrations of the latest things happening – coding, programming, drones flying, robotics. You’re actually even going to see 3D printing in action. From there you’re going to go to the Meet the Makers area. This, Candace is where over a thousand makers have united with Barnes & Noble to join us in their local community and they will come in and talk about what they’re inventing, what they’re creating, what their inspiration was, and what their process is. From there customers get to go to what we call a make and collaborate station, and that’s where we’re going to take our customers on a journey from Ideation from Design Studio Pro, all the way to building and creating with materials from Lego and ThinkFun into a 21st century experience where they’re going to take that build, power it with tools and actually power that build to life, bring it to life.”
Candace Rose: What are some of the goals of a Mini Maker Faire?
Kathleen Campisano: “Our goals are very clear, it’s to be the platform for the Maker movement, to let everybody share the community voice and the conversation that’s happening with educators and classrooms, with local design studios and institutions. All of that is critical but specifically for Barnes & Noble. We really believe that tech literacy is important and so for us the motivation behind having this Maker Faire is to just show our customers and the community that technology is accessible. It’s getting very simple to use and they can make and create something extraordinary by leveraging that new toolset.”
Candace Rose: Why is it important to sponsor something like a Mini Maker Faire?
Kathleen Campisano: “It’s important to us because we actually believe it’s happening, it’s revolutionary. It is going to be how we engage and interact with each other in the future, so why not have it at a very comfortable familiar place right now at your local B&N.”
Candace Rose: Well, thank you so much, Kathleen. Where can we go for more information?
Kathleen Campisano: “For more information, absolutely please check us out at BN.com/MakerFaire and there you’ll find out what’s happening at your local B & N.”