The Betty Brinn Children's Museum produces Maker Faire Milwaukee as part of our Maker Initiative, a year-round effort to promote the growing impact of making on education, workforce training and economic development. In addition to special programs at the Faire for educators and students, the Museum provides professional development workshops and training programs for educators, and works with schools, libraries and other organizations around the state and region to help them establish and support makerspaces and maker education programs.  

Making in Education Conference at Maker Faire Milwaukee

Saturday, September 23, from 9 am to 4 pm in the Exposition Center at Wisconsin State Fair Park.

The Betty Brinn Children’s Museum and Learn Deep will co-host this special program, including panel discussions, hands-on workshops and presentations.

Jump Start Making in the 2017/2018 School Year

Faire co-host, the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum, will organize Field Trip Friday programs for elementary, middle and high-school students again in 2017. All Maker Faire Milwaukee field trips include an orientation with a Museum maker-educator, a schedule of hands-on workshops and demonstrations with Faire exhibitors, a behind-the-scenes tour of the Faire and opportunities to talk with makers who will exhibit their work over the weekend. Workshops and demonstrations will represent a broad range of fields, including electronics, printmaking, digital fabrication, sustainability, data visualization, as well as Maker Faire’s classic Nerdy Derby workshop.

Field Trips are $7.50 per student and will include 2.5 hours of activities. Transportation is not included. For more information about maker programs and professional development support, please contact us at

Thanks to support from Rockwell Automation and the Herzfeld Foundation, the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum will make Field Trip Friday programs available to more than 400 students from high-needs neighborhoods, engaging them in the Maker Movement and introducing making, or project-based learning, to their teachers and school administrators.

Can’t Wait to Start Making?

The Be A Maker space at the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum will offer family-friendly open making sessions, workshops for kids and adults, and pop-up projects all summer long! For more information visit