2018 NWAIS Maker fest @ OPEN WINDOW School

Submissions for the 2018 Maker Fest are now Closed.

Please consider joining us as a visitor on Saturday March 3!  Applications for the 2019 Maker Fest will open in January 2019.

The NWAIS Maker Fest is a hands-on festival to celebrate our students' creative maker projects! It is an opportunity for K-12 students to showcase their creativity and work in a variety of categories, talk with like-minded peers, and both inspire and be inspired. It will be held at Open Window School in Bellevue, WA on 3/3/18 from 10am to noon. 

We invite students, families, and teachers from NWAIS schools to come see the amazing projects our students are making, and K-12 students from NWAIS schools to participate as makers by entering their projects.

Submission FAQ

Who Can Enter?

The only requirements for entry is that the student submitting the proposal is currently enrolled in an NWAIS member school and that a teacher at the school is willing to approve the project and serve as a point of contact between the student and the Maker Fest organizers.

How Much Does it Cost?

This is a free event for both attendees and exhibitors! There are no fees associated with the application or exhibition process. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide travel assistance or stipends. Students, families, or schools will be responsible for the transportation of the projects.

How Many Projects Will There Be?

While we hope to include as many students and projects as possible, we may have to turn some projects away due to space limitations. In the case that we cannot accept all applicants we will select as many projects to exhibit as possible. 


We are looking for a diverse collection of projects, including:

  • Arts/Crafts
  • Engineering
  • Food
  • Green/Sustainability
  • Music
  • Science
  • Technology/Robotics

Projects do not need to be academic. They can be for a class, school club, or for fun and interest. For their exhibition, students can demonstrate an individual project, or demonstrate use of a tool, skill or technique related to making and creating. Students will have the chance to talk with peers and the public about their work. We believe the process is more important than the finished product, and we want to see students share their process with attendees.

Students to enter projects individually, or as a group, class, or club!

Spread the Word

Help us make NWAIS Maker Fest 2018 a success! Tell your fellow teachers, students, parents, and other community members at NWAIS schools about the Maker Fest.

Download and print out this Maker Fest 2018 Poster or post this Maker Fest 2018 image on your social media!

Contact Information

The 2018 NWAIS Maker Fest is organized by:

  • Adrienne Gifford (Open Window School)
  • Geneva Hinchliffe (The Overlake School)
  • Jeff Tillinghast (University Prep)
  • Lindsey Own (The Evergreen School)
  • Santosh Zachariah (The Evergreen School)

Questions? Contact Adrienne Gifford, Director if Innovation & Technology at Open Window School, at adrienneg@ows.org

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Information for Exhibitors:

The Maker Fest will be held at Open Window School, 6128 168th Pl SE, Bellevue, WA 98006.

The Maker Fest will be held in the Gym, which is outlined in yellow.  The Gym will be open for project load-in at 9:15am.

Please use the campus entrance indicated by the red arrow.

If needed, you may pull into the loading zone, outlined in orange, for a few minutes to unload.

You may park in one of our two parking lots, outlined in green. Handicapped parking is available in the spaces outlined in blue.