Reimagining Schools at Maker Faire Kansas City

Organizers call Maker Faire the Greatest Show (And Tell) on Earth, and Kansas City held its eighth annual version of the international event at Union Station in June. The two-day faire drew crowds to celebrate all things creative — from science to art and anything in between.

As part of our Take Note education project, and in conjunction with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Kansas City PBS interviewed more than 50 children and adults at the event, including Olivia Johnson Parker Hill, a Kansas City, Missouri, resident featured above. We wanted their take on the school of the future. From classrooms and teaching styles, to safety and school lunches, they had an answer for everything.

We have been rolling out the videos on social media with #TakeNoteKC. We are also aggregating them on Flatland. Listen below to the first installment as our prognosticators imagine what could change and emphasize what must change for the success of this and future generations.

Miranda | Blue Valley High School student

Burley Durant | Library Media Specialist at Kansas City Public School District

Lex | Blue Valley High School student

Addision | Liberty High School student

Raymond Johnson | Overland Park, Kansas, resident

Tony Wallace | South Kansas City, Missouri, resident

Steven | Southwest Middle School student

Andrea Kirkwood | Topeka, Kansas, resident

Keep an eye on Flatland for more reporting, videos and public engagement, and follow the project on social channels through #TakeNoteKC.

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