I really liked it when people would walk by my table and then stop and get wide eyes because I’m just a kid and I had my own table.
Hello all, Cam here from the Exhibitors Team at Maker Expo. We’ve just launched our 2016 call for makers, exhibitors and activities and wanted to share some stories from 2015’s exhibitors to get you in the groove for your own application.
Today we’ll be interviewing Alyssa from Little Loomens. She joined us in 2015 to share her love of elastic weaving (Rainbow Loom) and raise some money for an important social project.
Cam: What did you love about Maker Expo last year?
Alyssa: Maker Expo was exciting and fun with so many people. I loved being there with the other projects and makers. I really liked it when people would walk by my table and then stop and get wide eyes because I’m just a kid and I had my own table.
Cam: Last year you focused your booth on raising funds for the breakfast program at your school. Why did you choose that? How did it go? Did you make a difference?
Alyssa: I chose the breakfast program because I learned about it through my school’s fundraising. I really liked the idea and how it helped out kids who needed food. When I decided that I wanted to raise money with my project I automatically picked the Breakfast Program because I wanted to help them out more.
My project went really well and I raised $105 for the Breakfast Program. I was really happy because they sent me a thank you card and some kids made me thank you cards too. I think I made a difference and I hope I helped a lot of hungry kids.
I think I made a difference and I hope I helped a lot of hungry kids.
Cam: Do you have any tips for this year’s exhibitors based on what you learned last year?
Alyssa: It’s lots of fun but it’s a long day. Bring snacks. If you’re teaching others, have helpers so that you can teach more people at one time. Be prepared to talk to lots of people and bring friends or family so that you have people to keep you company and watch your table so you can go out and see that other things going on.
Cam: Can you give us a hint about your application or ideas for this year?
Alyssa: I’m thinking the same sort of project and I’m hoping to help the breakfast program again. I’ll probably have more helpers and I hoping to have some more options for makers.
Cam: Who do you think should attend Maker Expo and why?
Alyssa: Adults and kids. Anyone really who likes doing art, playing, learning and making things. It’s great when they make something there then they can show their art to other people.
Cam: Do you have anything else you want to share with Maker Expo fans?
Alyssa: It was a fun experience and I was happy to be there. I’m planning to come back to the Maker Expo this year with Little Loomans again. And my dad might be back again with Imagine A Show. It’s a kids photography project that anyone under 18 years old can do. My sister and I have photos in the books. He helps me with my project and I help him with his.
Cam: Thank you so much for sharing with us Alyssa! You are truly a great member of our community and you certainly are making a difference. Keep being such a great role model for everyone around you.
Inspired by Alyssa? We look forward to getting your application for 2016 soon. You have until July 1, 2016 to submit.
[PS: I also now have the snowman song from Frozen stuck in my head. You’re welcome. -CT]