Join us for Maker Faire Rochester’s 3nd Annual Student STEAM Fest for students in 3rd through 8th grade school groups.

It’s a special sneak peek of Maker Faire Rochester on Friday November 18, 2022, from 9 AM to 2:30 PM for school groups grades 3 to 8.  It will be filled with hands-on activities, engaging demos, wonder, and excitement centered around S.T.E.A.M. and every aspect of the Maker Movement. The day is dedicated to students in 3rd through 8th-grade school groups (includes home school groups).

Registration info:

  • Register and reserve a classroom at: Student STEAMfest | NYSCATE
  • Space is limited and on a first come basis
  • Registration is $250 for a class of up to 25 students, their teacher, and 2 chaperones.
  • Ask your local BOCES about using the Arts and Ed Coser
  • For Special Needs:
    • Aides for students with IEP’s do not count toward the chaperone total.
    • For example, the registration for a class of 25 students that has 2 students with one-to-one aides, would include the 25 students, classroom teacher, 2 chaperones, and 2 aides at no additional cost.
  • For Home School:
    • Please note individual student registration is not possible.
    • Please register as one home school group of at least 10 students.
    • Price will be $10 per student ($100 minimum).  Chaperones for the group will be limited to 2 chaperones for 10 to 15 students, and 3 chaperones for 16 to 25 students.
  • Questions:
    • Please email us at with any further questions regarding registration, payment, schedule, home school, or students with special needs
    • Please use the Subject Heading: Student STEAM Fest for email correspondence


Cost & Details:

  • $250 Per Classroom (25 students, 2 Chaperones, and 1 Teacher)
  • All activities & materials included with the fee
  • Lunch on your own – Pack of buy at the concession stand


Keynote Speaker – Mario the Maker Magician

  • As seen on Sesame Street and HGTV, Mario the Maker Magician is a NY-based touring performer known for his unique brand of Robot Magic. He infuses DIY electronics and robotics into his work and uses magic to inspire kids and families to make and create without limitation.
  • For over 15 years, Mario “the Maker Magician” Marchese has dedicated his life to creating inventive, accessible magic full-time
    for children and families at theaters, museums, schools, & Maker Faires. His performances have brought him all over the world, including opening for David Blaine’s 2018 North American tour. Blaine calls him “the best kids magician in the world!!”

Activity Strands May Include:

Robotics and Drones
This strand will engage with various robotics platforms, ranging from robots assembled through kits and ready-made robotics for coding, and drones.


Think, Design, Create (Manufacturing and Engineering)
Students who visit this strand will be engaged in activities focused around manufacturing and engineering. Technologies that have brought manufacturing and engineering to the masses such as 3D printing, Laser Cutting/Engraving, CNC Machines, CAD, Blacksmithing, and perhaps even welding (through a simulator) will be explored.


Students will be presented with opportunities to explore various topics and activities around the idea of Sustainability in our world. Demonstrations and hands-on activities will focus on such topics as repurposing and recycling materials ranging from cardboard and fabric to toys and technology. This strand will also encompass areas and technologies that help promote a greener environment.


The Arts
This strand focuses on creative arts and the intersection of arts with technology. Activities and demonstrations ranging from performances, painting, interactive art, sewing, film making, photography, making props, creating whimsical art, and more will be learning opportunities offered.


Hands on Science (Applied Sciences)
The Hands-On Science strand will focus on areas such optics, circuits, astronomy, magnets, physics, aerodynamics, chemistry, and more. Students who participate in this strand will have the opportunity to perform various activities that allow for them to gain a deeper knowledge of how Science and Technology mix.


Have you ever wondered how technology and Culinary work together? This strand will explore the new world of technology in the world of food! Learn about the science behind the food that you eat. Demonstrations and interactive activities will lead students to explore this interesting world of Culinary Science.


Coding and Things that Go Beep (Microcontrollers, MiniComputers, and Coding)
This strand will give students the opportunity to have hands-on experience with the educational potential of devices such as Raspberry Pi, Arduino, and the Microbit. Also in this strand will be opportunities to engage with multiple coding applications such as, Makecode, and Scratch.


DIY (jewelry, home repair/construction, etc.)
Be it making your own robot from scratch or making your own soap to recreational plumbing, basic home repair, or starting your own business. This strand will allow for students to explore how technology works in the world around them and how they can use that technology to create and build.