BCS hosts Maker Faire

Bullis Charter School hosted its annual School Maker Faire May 5.

More than 150 students participated in the event, which emphasized making, performing, creativity and innovation.

Third-grader Marco Vergeest-Alcazar built a stop-motion animation studio where visitors could create short films, fifth-grader Benjamin Sandland shared a robotic arm he built himself and sixth-graders Allison Mitloff and Asha Parker developed an interactive game using JavaScript.

“Asha and I wanted to present an environmental game about leatherback sea turtles since we just learned about them in school,” Allison said. “Our game included a home page, a learning page, a small quiz page and a fun maze to educate our users.”

“We had a great time coding this, and we learned so much,” Asha added.

Participants were encouraged to design cars for the Nerdy Derby and test their building skills in the life-sized Cardboard City. A hundred student presenters shared their interests in a variety of areas, from music and dance to chick hatching and coding.

Jessica Lura, Bullis Charter School’s director of strategic initiatives and partnerships, said the Faire is an opportunity for students to showcase their creativity and making skills.

Bullis Charter School Principal Cynthia Bricston said there was a “festive” feeling among students and families, who were “excited to engage as makers, performers, presenters.”

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