The Maker Movement gaining momentum in celebration of STEM

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The Maker Movement and Mini Maker Faires are increasing in popularity, inspiring and informing people about science, technology, engineering, mathematics, education, arts, crafts, food, sustainability, and more.

As a leader in high-capacity networking and communications services for universities, research organisations and schools, AARNet is a supporter of the Maker Movement, a proud sponsor of Adelaide’s Mini Maker Faire on 1 November 2015, and a provider of the event’s internet connectivity in collaboration with SABRENet. SABRENet provided the dark fibre link from Flinders University’s Tonsley campus, where the event was held, back to the AARNet network access point in the Adelaide CBD.

With AARNet providing a reliable high-capacity wifi service, an array of wildly creative Internet-dependent activities could be unleashed concurrently inside the venue. ABC Local Radio was also able to do a two-hour live broadcast from the event without a hitch using an IP link over the AARNet network.

Since its launch in 2006, the Maker Faire has become renowned globally as ‘the Greatest Show and Tell’ on Earth, providing family-friendly and all age-inclusive entertainment with a focus on invention, creativity and resourcefulness. The Faire rallies ‘tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors’ in a festival of STEM innovation, experimentation, and celebration.

While the Maker and Mini Maker Faires draw attention from all ages, they are particularly of interest to school- and university-aged students. The Maker Movement brings to focus projects, services, ideas, showcases, and technical careers that do not always receive attention in the community. The Maker Movement can become a catalyst of inspiration for students, amateurs and innovators of STEM and other fields.

Mini Maker Faires, such as the one being held in Adelaide, are a hub for education and entrepreneurship, offering hundreds of displays, creative workshops, old crafts, new technologies, and world-class speakers to inspire and encourage all interested people.

The Maker Movement fosters creativity, communication, and new capabilities in our communities, and AARNet is proud to support this growth of clever and curious people.

“The maker movement is built on connected creativity… we urge Australians to take pride in the emerging movement, which showcases the good old Aussie ingenuity of making things happen.”

— Deloitte, 2014, Product Innovation in a hyper connected world: The Australian Maker Movement

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