At a recent event hosted in Nashik, India, Mayur Patil asked participants to raise their hands if they were enjoying Maker Party. With smiles on their faces and two hands in the air, their response was nothing short of inspiring:
It’s been an amazing two weeks. During our global celebration of teaching and learning on the Web, the community engaged in a range of hands-on activities: we built robotic hummingbirds, sketched HTML on chalkboards, created music apps, tinkered with 3D printers and more. And people in England, India, Nigeria, Spain, Sweden, China, the US and beyond came together to learn how to read, write and participate online.
Every Maker Party event had its own flair and personality. Here’s a recap of just a few great happenings from around the globe:
In Canada: Mozilla Hive Toronto brought together young women ages 7-18 from the local YWCA and neighborhood library. The group hacked and remixed their favorite websites and built creations using Makey Makey kits. Special guests included folks from STEAM Labs and the Royal Ontario Museum.
In Stockholm, Montreal and Chattanooga: Maker Parties from three different countries connected online for a truly international event. Young learners created content using their smartphones; built insects using arts and crafts; and may have picked up some foreign vocabulary, too. “[Maker Party] is a way of introducing open web thinking and tinkering,” an event host in Stockholm told us.
In Nashik, India: Dozens of educators and students came together to teach the Web. They learned about IPs, HTML, virtual reality and more. For a closer look, check out their excellent video.
The community hosted hundreds of Maker Parties like these world-wide. And they made a difference: when people can meaningfully participate on the Web, they unlock all sorts of opportunities. And the Web becomes a better place.
So, what’s next? The fun doesn’t have to stop: Maker Parties can be hosted anytime, anywhere. They are a unique and celebratory way to get communities activated and working together to experience the full potential of the Web. We’ve also seen how they can serve as a catalyst for further engagement and impact, like hosting a series of events throughout the year. More Maker Party events are already planned over the next few months in Bangladesh, Uganda, Indonesia, Brazil, Canada and Egypt.
You can join in! To get started, visit our activities page to find fun, interactive lessons to teach the Web. With Mozilla’s curriculum, you can teach the basics of online privacy, coding, design, remixing and more. You can also use Mozilla’s tools for teaching the Web, which help learners create their own content online. And remember to tell us about your event by using the hashtag #MakerParty.
Thanks for making this year’s Maker Party — and all the ones to come — so special! We can’t wait to hear what you do and make next. Reach us anytime on Twitter @MozTeach, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.