The first Jersey Shore Makerfest will be held Oct. 17 in the Pine Belt Arena at Toms River High School North from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The event is being described as “part science fair, part county fair, part classroom, and part artist workshop.”  It is being planned by the Toms River Regional School District, with support from the New Jersey School Boards Association, the New Jersey Department of Education, tech vendors, makers and educators.

Jersey Shore Makerfest exhibitors will include artists, engineers, builders, tech enthusiasts, programmers, scientists, hobbyists, and more.

Participants can learn how the “maker” movement can help students learn, and how it is aligned to meet the new science, career and technology standards. Hands-on activities for the whole family are planned, as well as workshops where participants can learn from the New Jersey Makerspace Association and Rutgers University.

Board members can participate in a hands-on learning experience in the central makerspace, followed by a roundtable discussion on how boards can incorporate “maker” ideas and initiatives in their local districts.

The event is free to the public with pre-registration. Additional information on Jersey Shore Makerfest is available online.