South Orangetown Central School District

More than 140 K-12 scientists, technologists, engineers, mathematicians and artists displayed their work at the SOCSD School Maker Faire this evening! 

From a family band to computer science TED talks, the much-anticipated, annual STEAM festival offered a glimpse into how South Orangetown students extend their learning over the course of their K-12 education through creative, hands-on projects. 

“It’s exciting for our elementary school makers to see and be inspired by projects our older students have made and for our high school students to check out what our younger students have created and encourage them to keep making,” said K-12 Instructional Technology Coach Marc Eckert, who coordinates the event each year. 

The Office of Curriculum and Instruction first launched the School Maker Faire concept in 2014 in the South Orangetown Middle School cafeteria. Since then, participation has exploded with more than 400 makers spread across the Tappan Zee High School main and rear gyms in 2019.

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Brian Culot, Ed.D. was impressed by this year’s turnout following the two-year hiatus. “We are thrilled to have such a strong participation and awesome projects for our relaunch and fully expect to be back to record levels in 2023!”

The SOCSD School Maker Faire is the result of the dedication, hard work and passion of many people, including our: Technology and Facilities departments and TZHS custodial staff; Family Engagement Center; and, instructional coaches, teachers and families who encourage our students to create. Special thanks to our student volunteers!

Maker Faire