Makers and Education


Are you interested in learning more about making in the classroom, makerspaces, or the maker movement in general? There are lots of ways we can help!

We can help you:

  • Get started in setting up your makerspace
  • Find local makers to help with topics outside your area of expertise
  • Help you come up with great project ideas for all ages and budgets

The Maker Effect Foundation

The Maker Effect Foundation is a 501(c)3 public charity that exists to activate and amplify the efforts of makers as they learn, build and work together in their communities. As part of our mission, we not only work with educators, we produce Maker Faire Orlando, and we do international research on the maker community.

Maker Faire Orlando is a community-organized, family-friendly celebration featuring local do-it-yourself science, art, rockets, robots, crafts, technology, music, hands-on-activities, and more. It’s an event where people show what they are making and share what they are learning.


Florida Educators (all grade levels including college / university) also receive Free admission to Maker Faire Orlando. Please see our Ticket page for information on how to receive your free ticket.

We’ve curated a special set of Maker Faire Orlando exhibits that are targeted for educators. If you can’t see everything at Maker Faire, you can use this list to prioritize! Many of these exhibits are created by educators, or these makers have indicated they are willing to help educators.

We partner with makerspaces such as FamiLAB and Factur as well as organizations including Deltamaker and The Orlando Science Center.

We maintain a list of local makers that are willing to do demonstrations or talks in your classrooms, help with project ideas, or provide training for educators looking to expand their skills sets.


Stay up to date with the latest on the Maker Movement in Central Florida with our Maker Faire Orlando Educator email newsletter. We typically send these newsletters once a month, with more frequent updates in the month leading up to Maker Faire Orlando.



If you would like to learn more about Maker Faire Orlando or for assistance bringing the maker movement into your classroom, email us at

The Maker Effect Foundation exhibit at Maker Faire Orlando 2015


Maitland Montessori students had a lot of fun when we took a 3D printer to their classrooms!

Diana Rendina attended Maker Faire Orlando in 2014

Educator Diana Rendina attended Maker Faire Orlando in 2014 and wrote about it on her blog, “Renovated Learning”

Diana Rendina meeting Jay Silver, creator of the Makey Makey, and Dale Dougherty, creator of Make Magazine and Maker Faire at Maker Faire Orlando 2014

Other Resources

Maker Ed is a non-profit organization who is committed to “empowering communities transform their education systems by integrating making into all facets of their work”. The team at Maker Ed has put together an extensive library of resources that you may want to check out! This link will take you to the getting started page, but there is so much more information available.

Make Magazine is a publication created by Maker Media to connect Makers with each other, with products and services, and with their partners.

FamiLAB is a provider of space, tools, and community for creative technical learning and projects. FamiLAB’s mission is to be a community that fosters learning and creativity through hands-on projects, collaboration, and the sharing of skills & tools to improve ourselves and enrich the world around us.

Factur is a member-driven fabrication laboratory and coworking space that serves as a creative home in which people work, learn and build a community rooted in science, art and technology. To that end, we endeavor to Learn. Create. Share.

Melrose Center is part of the Orange County Library System that uses their experience as providers of informal learning and technology education to provide services for community members to gain the understanding required to be both contributor to, developer for, and consumer of today’s emerging technologies.

If you would like to learn more about Maker Faire Orlando or for assistance bringing the maker movement into your classroom, email us at