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Awesome SAIS students and educators at Shenzhen Makerfaire


The Shenzhen Maker Faire is the largest maker faire in Asia.  This past weekend, thousands of visitors descended upon Shenzhen Polytechnic University to see some of the most innovative creations of the past year.  SAIS was a powerful presence at the Faire.  Carrie Leung (SAIS Director of Maker Education) co-curated the Maker Education forum, which included presentations by our Chinese teachers and our former director of curriculum, Twila Busby.  SAIS educators also gave workshops on literacy, visual arts, music, and the joy of making.

Surrounded by 200 booths from 30 countries showing hightech products from businesses and showcasing some of the best brains from Universities around the world, SAIS students from as young as 4 years old were surrounded by crowds of visitors as they put on live demonstrations of furniture making, arcade game prototyping, iPpad movie making, stuffed toys production and live music on Cajon drums produced by Grade 4 students. 3 of the 24 speakers and 3 of the 30 workshops were led by students and teachers from SAIS making the school probably the leading Education participant.


The SAIS booth was one of the most popular at the faire. Many hundreds of people stopped to see our students making projects and describing their learning.  Our students represented themselves well as they explained their learning process.


Mr Darin Schmidt, school Principal, reported

‘The labour market no longer rewards workers for what they know but what they can do with what they know and as the first school in the south of China to embrace a Project Based Learning environment to meet this new workplace challenge, students from Shenzhen American International School exhibited not only their work and live skills but illustrated a confidence beyond their years in presenting and fielding questions to a mainly adult audience of visitors’.


Carrie Leung, Head of the school Makerspace and a lead organiser of the MakerFaire Education section commented:

‘This is the first year Education was given a platform at the Maker Faire. It is important for all of us to be aware that education played a pivotal role in everything that was shown and presented at the faire.  Learning is the foundation that everything is built upon. There has been increased focused on how, in general, our current education system around the world, is lacking in relevancy and fails to prepare our children for the challenges of the future. By giving our students at SAIS the opportunity to showcase their work, it shows that Project Based Learning and Maker Embedded learning is beginning to address some of those issues. By giving Education, through SAIS, a platform at the Faire, future dialogue and actions can be taken on how to make education more relevant for all of our children.’


Information on Shenzhen International School and it’s unique Project Based Learning syllabus can be obtained by emailing admissions@szsais.org, telephone 0755 8631 6699 or visiting the website www.szsais.org.


Please join us at SAIS for the School Maker Faire on December 2.  Full details will be released soon.