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SAIS hosts 3rd Annual Nanshan Maker Faire


The 3rd Annual Nanshan Maker Faire was held on Saturday at Shenzhen American International School (SAIS) which saw a record breaking 68 exhibitors and hundreds of interested visitors from the local community. More than 60% of the exhibits were hands on and allowed members of the public the chance to help make some item.

As the host for the event SAIS had several stands including a popular arcade games section made by Grade 2 students, much enjoyed by young and old visitors alike, stands on how animals protect themselves and how humans have learnt from them, healthy living with an exercise video created by Kindergarten children, creating colours shown by 3 and 4 year old students, furniture making and many more.

One of the international school engineering club brought an electric vehicle they had designed and built which visitors had fun driving and an intriguing ‘truth mirror’ which enabled you to see yourself as others saw you. Another international school had a Virtual Reality system and Steamhead showed that you could create a VR system using your mobile phone and cardboard costing just a few rmb.

The Public school sector was strongly represented with 26 stands and exhibited some incredibly talented designers and artists. Yucai No. 4 school showed an automatic plant watering device. Foshan Luoge School exhibited wifi speakers and taught the public how to solder.Others exhibited works of art and calligraphy, drones that measure air quality from SCIE school and numerous more ideas that illustrated the depth of creativity and design from our young people.

Carrie Leung, Head of the SAIS Makerspace and a lead organiser of the Nanshan Maker Faire commented:

‘The rapid growth of the Nanashan Maker Faire shows that schools in Shenzhen are taking the challenge of making education more relevant to the real world seriously. More and more schools are using Maker Embedded learning to address some of the issues of outdated methods of learning and making education more relevant for our children. With 54 schools and 14 organisations participating The School Maker Faire was an exciting opportunity for the students to showcase their work.’