KIDfest

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2017
12:00PM - 5:00PM

VETERANS PLAZA
DOWNTOWN SILVER SPRING

FREE PARKING & ADMISSION
ALL AGES

About KIDfest

The DC Region’s largest annual family festival celebrating making, creativity, and innovation

Part of KID Museum’s ongoing effort to expose children and adults alike to the power of hands-on maker learning, KIDfest inspires them to find their own “spark.” Experience hands-on electronics, art, engineering, science, and crafts activities – along with awe-inspiring demos, engaging “KIDtalks,” and two stages of live musical performances and entertainment.

Win a LulzBot 3D printer, a KID Museum birthday party & more! Enter the KIDfest raffle today, and take home your prize at KIDfest.

Want to volunteer at KIDfest?

What to Expect

EXHIBITS

Test out. Build. Play. Robotics to NASA operations to hydroponic gardening and beyond.

KIDTALKS

Hear from visionary local inventors, professional makers, and industry experts.

OUTDOOR STAGE

Check out a full lineup of musical performances and presentations.

CODING AT KIDFEST

Jam and program: You’ll find a wealth of coding activities.

EDUCATOR HUB

Get a glimpse into KID Museum’s learning lab for educators.

FULL PROGRAM

Download a printable guide, including schedule and festival map.

Highlights

A look at who and what you'll find

Exhibits

Over 90 exhibitors, so much to see and do

KIDtalks

Inspiration for children and adults alike

Hear from innovators about what sparked their ideas, what drives them to create, and the impact of their work.   

12:30pm
Think Global, Act Local
Kate Medina
Co-Founder of the Charles Koiner Center for Urban Farming Education (CKC Farming)

1:00pm
Digital Fabrication and Art
Davide Prete, Artist and Director of CUA Digital Fabrication Lab, “The 3D Printed American Flag Project”

1:30pm
Entrepreneurship and Creativity
Sterling Crockett
Visionary CEO

3:30pm
Future of Work
Paul Roehrig
Chief Strategy Officer, Cognizant Digital Business and co-author of “What To Do When Machines Do Everything”

4:30pm
Assistive Technology and Making
Bill Binko
Co-founder and principal technologist at LessonPix.com

Coding at KIDfest

Check out coding activities by Digital Infuzion, Girls Who Code, MakeyMakey challenges with Holton Arms, creative video games, and Tessa Fang’s digital silhouettes; stop into the Educator Hub for ideas about how to integrate coding & programming in class; and be sure to take part in one of our Coding Jams.

Coding Jam Sessions
Fenton Room, Silver Spring Civic Building
Please arrive 10 minutes early

12:30pm – 1:15pm
2nd – 4th grade

1:30pm
5th – 7th grade

2:30pm
2nd – 4th grade

3:30pm
5th – 7th grade

Educator Hub

12:00pm – 2:30pm
Silver Spring Civic Building
Spring Room

Join us as fellow educators demonstrate the tips and tools needed to be a successful maker educator. Want ideas for a makerspace? Come see a mini model version and associated projects. Learn more about “Making Spaces,” a collaborative initiative between Google, Maker Ed, and the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh to assist schools as they integrate making into the classroom.

You will discover…

  • Answers to the questions: “why does our school need a maker space?” and “how can we offer more making activities without a dedicated space?”
  • Tips for creating an innovation-friendly classroom
  • Support tools for design-thinking in the classroom
  • Professional development opportunities for educators

Plus, get a sneak preview of the “Invent the Future Challenge” coming to MCPS middle schools this fall and see amazing projects by local students.

Outdoor Stage

Music, making, and presentations

12:00pm
Bach to Rock
Young Music Makers

12:30pm
Teal Steel

Young Music Makers

1:00pm
Shark Attack
Young Music Makers

1:30pm
Young Maker Presentations

2:00pm
Welcome Ceremony

2:30pm
Young Maker Presentations

3:00pm
Kevin Martin
Steel Drum Instrument Maker

4:00pm
Layne Garrett
Instrument Maker

Support KID

Help a child find her spark

At KID Museum, we believe that every child can and should invent the future. Harnessing technology, imagination, and creativity is the key to finding solutions to today’s most pressing challenges. Exposure to the skills required to meet these needs must not be limited to the fortunate few. We need a diversity of perspectives and talents in the next generation of innovators and must invest today to empower all children with the tools to be creative, confident, compassionate leaders of the future.

That’s where KID Museum comes in. It’s a new kind of informal learning space for children and families in the Washington, D.C. area. We offer unique, interactive experiences for elementary and middle school-aged children that integrate hands-on science, technology, engineering, art and math learning with an exploration of world cultures and global citizenship.

Montgomery County and many generous sponsors have contributed to the festival and year-round programing. The momentum and support for our work is humbling. But, it’s just a start. The only way to ensure that every child can invent her future is to reach every child and provide the hands on experience she needs to find her spark.

Please contribute here to ensure every child has the opportunity to invent the future. Starting now.

$1,000: Sponsor one full day of programming at the museum
$500: Sponsor the development of one new museum workshop
$250: Help offer a high-needs school a visit to KID Museum
$100: Sponsor one child to take part in a series of science and tech workshops

Donors at $500 and above will be included in KID Museum’s annual report.

Donors at $1,000 and above will have one museum day announced to the public with a special thanks to you. Your support at this level and above will also be recognized on the museum’s permanent donor wall.

Our Sponsors

Thank you for your support

Emergent Biosolutions
Comcast
Pepco

DIGITAL INFUZION, INC.
GREEN ACRES SCHOOL
HOLTON-ARMS SCHOOL
PRIMARY DAY SCHOOL

PRIMARY DAY SCHOOL
ROPES & GRAY LLP
WASHINGTON EPISCOPAL SCHOOL

MONTGOMERY COLLEGE
UNITED THERAPEUTICS
BOZZUTO
ACTIVITY ROCKET

ANTHROTRONIX
WASHINGTON POST
ABC7/NEWS CHANNEL 8

Location

Veterans Plaza
1 Veterans Place
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Directions

From Metro
Red line to the Silver Spring Metro Station
Exit on Wayne Avenue, and walk three short blocks north to the intersection
of Wayne and Fenton Street.
Turn left on Fenton and the festival will be at the next intersection with Ellsworth Drive.

From 495
Take 495 to Colesville Road South (Exit 30B).
After approximately 1.5 miles turn left onto Spring Street (which becomes Cedar
Street).
Turn right onto Ellsworth Drive.
A Montgomery County Parking Garage is available at no cost on Ellsworth.