SCOE to Host Free “Maker Hoopla” for Children and Families

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For Immediate Release – April 1, 2019

Contacts:         Amy Bultena, VAPA and STEAM Coordinator, 238-1337

Cynthia Fenech, Communications Coordinator, 238-1704

Judy Boring, Communications Coordinator, 238-1709


SCOE to Host Free “Maker Hoopla” for Children and Families

Stanislaus County Office of Education (SCOE) will hold its “Maker Hoopla” in Modesto on Saturday, April 6 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Petersen Event Center (720 12th Street, Modesto).  SCOE’s Maker Hoopla is a FREE, hands-on, family friendly event for children (Preschool to 6th grade) to “learn through doing” in a social environment.

At the Maker Hoopla children can participate in hands-on activities including: Fort-Building, Glitter Globes, Green Screen, Japanese Fish Printing, Kindness Rocks Painting, Kinetic Sand Building, Kitchen Chemistry with MJC Chemistry Club, littleBits, Makey Makey Circuits, Monster Makeup with Monsters in Modesto, Pollinators with New Mettle Farms, Safe Wax Painting, Stop Motion Animation, Shrinky Dinks, Slime Making, Stick-Lits, and Strawbees.

The Maker Hoopla will consist of three sessions in an effort to accommodate attendees.  Each session will include activities encouraging students to create and explore. “The goal of the event is to expose elementary grade students to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) learning and to expand student capacity, interest, and excitement for building, constructing, creating, designing, exploring, and inventing,” said event organizer Amy Bultena.

Families are encouraged to pre-register online for one of the following sessions:

  • Session 1: 9:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
  • Session 2: 11:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
  • Session 3: 1:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Registration is not required but strongly encouraged. Participants can register at:

For more information, call or email Amy Bultena at (209) 238-1337 or abultena [ahtsym] stancoe [dhotsym] org.

Date Published: 
Tuesday, April 2, 2019