The Toms River Regional School District is excited to announce a groundbreaking educational and community event scheduled for Saturday, October 15, 2016 from 10AM to 5PM. At the Pine Belt Arena, a 3,500-seat sports venue, and Toms River High School North, we will hold the second annual Jersey Shore Makerfest. Participants will include students, educators, family and community members who consider themselves hobbyists, builders, artists, engineers, tinkerers, cooks, tech enthusiasts, crafters, performers, scientists, authors, or just about any other form of creator. Think of this event as a science lab, county fair, and art exhibition rolled into one. We anticipate the Makerfest to draw a capacity crowd of presenters and participants from across the state and beyond. As a public school we are, of course, non-profit. With the support of the NJ Department of Education Office of Educational Technology, fellow educators and key sponsors, the event this year will be free of cost to attendees.
Toms River Regional Schools is the largest suburban district and the fifth largest district in New Jersey. With 19 school sites, 1,600 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 and staff training over the past year, and are pathfinders in the areas of curriculum, training and innovation.
Though there will be many volunteers making this event happen, we will depend upon the support of other individuals and businesses for:
-materials/kits for participants to engage in hands on activities
-experts to speak, provide workshops, or support
This event is being advertised across NJ and into the NYC and Philadelphia area in print, on the web and across social media.