Huge Success at Aruba’s First Annual Maker Expo
Oranjestad, Aruba—July 2019 – On Sunday July 8th, the first annual Maker Expo showcased amazing projects of all kinds by makers of all ages. Those who embrace the DIY (do-it-yourself) gathered at the National Library of Aruba to share their knowledge and accomplishments.
Throughout the day, over 800 participants were encouraged to get involved in the maker movement by engaging in interactive workshops, games and panel talks. From robots, virtual reality escape rooms, self-made electric vehicles and a kids lego corner there was something for everyone at the Maker Expo.
Many of the exhibits included activities where participants could bring home a souvenir made onsite with the latest technological tools. Kids learned how to use 3-D printing technology, screen print their own shirts or create a bookcase with upcycled materials. There were also workshops throughout the day where participants could explore their creativity.
In addition to the number of interactive booths, kids learned valuable skills such as coding, how to make a kite, how to make zero waste products and even how to forage for food in the Aruban wilderness!
Over 70 participants from across the country were involved in making this event a success. Among the makers were students, teachers, non-profit organizations and local creators. The Aruba Maker Expo was made possible through a collaboration with the Metabolic Foundation, The Aruba Government Innovation Lab; Futura, MO-B and Brenchies Lab.