On November 5-6, the WHRO Education Children’s Services Department participated in Barnes & Noble's Mini Maker Faire. The 2nd Annual Mini Maker Faire took place in Virginia Beach's Town Center. On both days, WHRO staff participated with many local makers who offered an opportunity for children to experience trends in technology including: virtual reality, augmented reality, 3D printing, pen-invent technology, robots, coding, programming, and more.

Our emphasis for the weekend was on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). Children and parents enjoyed checking out the STEM Van and receiving STEM-related information. The children enjoyed a clip from the popular television show The Odd Squad, and had the opportunity to become Odd Squad agents themselves. Their assignment: invent a gadget that would help fix WHRO's towers which were having trouble receiving signals from PBS to air their popular programs. The children enjoyed creating and showing off their gadgets.

WHRO Education's mission includes promoting literacy, computer technology, STEM, and children's programming. We look forward to continuing to provide STEM-related education and activities, as well as our other services, to communities throughout Hampton Roads.

WHRO Education attends events with the STEM Van throughout Hampton Roads to promote learning through hands-on interaction with technology. To learn more about the great work WHRO Education does in the local community, visit education.whro.org