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Mini-Maker Faire offers business opportunity

by jmaloni


Sat, Jun 13th 2015 06:35 am

Students from Cardinal O'Hara High School recently participated in the Mini Maker Faire, sponsored by the Oishei Foundation at the Buffalo Museum of Science.

Janene Scanio, a member of the science department, coordinated the event at O'Hara.

The daylong event was attended by 11 schools with teacher coaches. Each school was challenged to do a project and explain it to those who attended.

"Because one of the tenets of the STEAM grant is arts, we decided to do a knitting and knotting project," Scanio said.

Freshman and sophomore class officers represented the school, knitting prayer shawls to be donated to a nursing home and wrist rosaries, which will be given to each incoming freshman as a gift.

"Many museum visitors commented on the students doing 'old fashioned' arts and not using electronics," Scanio said.

At O'Hara, the STEAM grant has assisted with the implementation of a portion of the school-wide WIFI, science equipment, art, math, music and engineering materials. The school also received funding for software for the Mac lab and other items to improve school-wide programs.


Students from Cardinal O'Hara High School in the Town of Tonawanda recently took part in the Mini Maker Faire at the Buffalo Museum of Science. Sponsored by the Oishei Foundation, the daylong event showed off the ingenuity of students from 11 high schools in the area. Students representing O'Hara are, from left, standing: Kevin Kovach, Samantha Martin, Abigail Ochs and teacher/advisor Janene Scanio; seated are Young-Ha (Sanna) Jeon Meghan Currie and Nicole Caputi. Victoria Carberry, not in the photograph, was also on the team.

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