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East End School Highlighting The Makers Movement During Upcoming Festival

Nicole Barylski

PCS learners work on a collaborative project. (Courtesy Photo)

On Saturday, March 12th, The Peconic Community School (PCS) will extend its school week by taking a "field trip" to the Riverhead Charter School (3685 Middle Country Road, Calverton), where attendees will explore invention and imagination during Create: Maker Faire, an event open to the entire East End community.

"We are really looking forward to this Saturday's Create: A Maker Faire and The After Party, with a day chock full of making, attendees of the Maker Faire will experience and interact with mobile maker spaces, Lego leagues, science centers, squishy circuits, artists, clowns, beer makers and more," said Elizabeth Casey Searl, Co-Executive Director of the Peconic Community School. "This event like, Peconic Community School, celebrates creativity, innovation, and resourcefulness and we are excited to share this type of faire out here on the East End."

Who didn't play with Legos when they were young? (Courtesy Photo)

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., East End "Makers" will host complimentary interactive workshops and demonstrations for children that will shine a light on a variety of topics, such as robotics, Legos, coding, felt-making, origami, the arts, and much more. "It's exciting to have so many local organizations and individuals participating, we are grateful for them all and for their commitment to the Maker Movement," she noted. The family-friendly festival, which is described as part science fair, part county fair, is open to all-ages, as children will keep busy with their pick of hands-on projects and demonstrations led by Ultra Motion, Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe, The Long Island Science Center, The Custer Institute, Group for the East End, The Hayground School, and more, while adults learn about the Peconic Community School and the Maker Movement.

After watching the presentations unfold, guests are invited to The After Party at Greenport Harbor Brewing Company (42155 Main Road, Peconic). From 7 to 10 p.m., partygoers will be treated to music by the East End's own Gene Casey and the Lone Sharks, GBC's Food Truck, a fishbowl auction, dancing, light finger food and a complimentary ale or lager. "We are thrilled to have Gene Casey & the Lone Sharks play at The After Party again this year," added Casey Searl. Admission to The After Party is $30.

Gene Casey and the Lone Sharks are headlining The After Party. (Photo: Eric Fieldstadt)

The Peconic Community School was founded in 2012 by the North Fork Education Initiative (NFEI), a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to establishing educational programs and opportunities with a focus on arts and the environment. PCS is an East End-based alternative educational experience for children in preschool through 6th grade. The school's mission is to nurture reflective, resilient, compassionate students in a safe, caring, trusting environment through learning opportunities that are collaborative, arts-integrated, and community focused.

For more information, or to purchase tickets to The After Party, call 631-779-2934 or visit www.peconiccommunityschool.org.

Nicole is the Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com where she focuses on lifestyle, nightlife, and mixology. She grew up in the Hamptons and currently resides in Water Mill. www.hamptons.com NicoleBarylski NicoleBarylski

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