Meet the Young Makers: Ampersand School

Ampersand school logoAmpersand School is a K-12 Maker School.  Located in Longwood, Ampersand aims to be “the school we all wish we could have gone to when we were students. ” It is a school based on the principles of learning by doing, on making to learn.

We asked Shydonna Tossie, Managing Director of Ampersand School, to tell us a bit more about the school and what they’ll be showcasing at Maker Faire Orlando September 13 & 14.

What do you do?
ST: We’ve designed the school we all wish we could have gone to when we were students. A playground for our own children, and yours. Check out (and help build) the school of your dreams. We are a school for makers, CEO’s, olympic hopefuls, poets, videographers, novelists, chefs, and more. The details are unique but one thing remains that same: Our students focus on doing.

At Ampersand School, we are encouraging play , allowing them the opportunity to explore their passions, and assisting them in finding purpose.We encourage others to join us in designing a radically new school experience for makers, entrepreneurs, inventors, philosophers, writers, thinkers, doers, and world changers.

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The Maker Movement Infographic

The team over at The Grommet have produced a fantastic new infographic on the Maker Movement  and its impact!

Maker Movement Infographic

DeltaMaker Team 3D Prints “Makey” Robots

The team over at DeltaMaker has been helping out the Maker Faire Orlando team by printing “Makey” the Maker Faire robot (he’s in our logo!) – and they share a great timelapse video of their “botfarm” in action. Make sure to stop by the DeltaMaker exhibit to thank them for sponsoring Maker Faire Orlando!

Orlando Sentinel Arts & Entertainment Season Preview

The Orlando Sentinel just released their Arts & Entertainment Season Preview – and they featured Maker Faire Orlando! Check out the video below, the section on Maker Faire starts at 4 minutes into the video. For more media coverage of Maker Faire Orlando, check out our Media page.

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Meet the Maker(s): Tampa Hackerspace


Maker Faire Orlando is a maker magnet, drawing creative and energetic individuals and groups from all over the state.  Tampa Hackerspace is one those groups,  opening as Tampa’s first Hackerspace in 2013, and recently moving into bigger quarters to accommodate a growing and active membership.

We asked Director of Operations, Jon Adair, a mobile app developer with his own company, Thinkamingo, and a founding member of Tampa Hackerspace, to tell us more about  the space and what they’re bringing to Maker Faire Orlando.

Tell us about Tampa Hackerspace.

THS 2JA: Tampa Hackerspace is a non-profit, member-driven workshop. We provide space, equipment, and a community for people to make stuff. We now have three 3D printers, 2 CNC machines, an electronics lab, a wood / metal shop, and classroom space. We offer over a dozen classes for members and nonmembers on everything from Arduinos to Lockpicking to 2D Art. Every Tuesday we hold an Open Make Night for people to come check out the space, meet people, get advice or help on a project, 3D print something, etc.

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