FAQ

There are maker fairs, festivals and days year round and planetwide. What makes JSMF different is that we are entirely experiential and non-profit. This event isn’t about selling or showing, but doing. Makerfest IS the people who come to converse, share, demonstrate and participate, so every year will be unique. Hackers, builders, engineers and tinkerers cavort with cooks, crafters, artists, and authors. Grandpas, grandmas, and grandkids fuse one generation’s wisdom with another’s energy. The fest is the interface of technology with nature, art with science, ideas with materials, and software with the mind. It is for those willing to learn, inspired to dream, and hungry for fun. Our partners and supporters include school districts, colleges, community organizations, museums, tech companies, local artists, the NJDOE’s Office of Educational Technology and the NJ School Boards Association. By participating, you make Makerfest an event you’d want to attend!

Makerfest is organized by Toms River Regional Schools and is held in their 3500-seat Pine Belt Arena adjacent to Toms River High School North. At the heart of the Arena is a 3000-square foot makerspace, where creative minds of all ages can playwork with a variety of tools and materials. Around this central area, over 75 “booths” organized by students, educators, and community members who consider themselves makers offer hands-on, interactive experiences that reflect the mission of their school or organization. On our main stage, you can hear an inspirational EdTalk every 20-30 minutes, or take a workshop in one of our LearningSpaces. Participants join us from around the tri-state area, from cooks to floral designers, from hobbyists to professionals, from fruit computer companies to Rutgers University professors to public school students and teachers. Model trains and 3D printers mix with insects, lasers, and clothes made of paper. You can learn to control a robot (before they control us!), find out how to do kitchen science, spin with wool, or fly a drone. At Makerfest, experiencing is believing!

Date: Saturday, October 15, 2016
Time: 10AM to 5PM
Location: Pine Belt Arena and Toms River High School North

Thanks to the Toms River Board of Education and generous sponsors, Jersey Shore Makerfest16 is free to the public with pre-registration. Not only that, but all of our participants understand and follow our vision that this event is about experiencing, not selling or exhibiting, so you won’t come home with bags of crazy stuff and an empty wallet (though we guarantee some free crazy stuff).


Contacts


To manage this event, we ask you to use the links on our homepage. Once you’ve submitted the requested information, we will contact you. If you still have questions, in a pinch you can reach us at: tlucey@trschools.com


Toms River Regional Schools


About Our Schools

Toms River Regional Schools is the largest suburban district and the fifth largest district in New Jersey. With 19 school sites, 1600 staff, and almost 16,000 students spread over a 56 square mile geographic area, we have a significant influence on educational and management practices in Ocean County and across the state. The district has won numerous grants and awards, and its members have presented across the country on innovative and effective educational practices. We have dedicated over $4.3 million toward educational technology for students and teachers and $2 million in staff training in the past year, and are pathfinders in the areas of curriculum, professional development, and classroom innovation. The Pine Belt Arena is our 4000-seat sports venue and will be set up for as many as 100 presenters, speakers and vendors. High School North is a large and traditional school facility for 2341 students. It will be the location for breakout sessions and an indoor eating area. For more information on the school district, go to www.trschools.com