Jersey Shore Makerfest

The Largest Free Maker Event on the East Coast!


About Jersey Shore Makerfest

Begun by two Toms River Regional Schools administrators and a handful of other volunteers in October 2015, the JSMF has been an experimental, experiential, educational, non-profit annual community event, a FREE and free-wheeling celebration of creativity and imagination that's equal parts MythBusters, science lab, county fair, and art studio. It has consisted of 70-100 maker booths and workshops, a drone/RC field, EdTalks, competitive and instructional robotics arenas, and the annual town Green Fair. Over 400 makers and 14,000 attendees joined us these over these five years.

JSMF's sustainability commitment

Makerfest has always been an environmentally conscious event, striving to use materials that are recycled or recyclable, minimizing minimize waste, and encouraging refillable water containers rather than single use disposable water bottles.

Spaces and More

It began in 2015 in our 3500 seat Pine Belt (now RWJBarnabas Health) Arena. In 2016, we added a gymnasium in adjacent High School North. By 2018 we were in six spaces, including a 3200 sf MakersSpace and EdTalk studio with live interviews and motivational presentations; two gyms full of Robotics; three AirSpaces (patio, ballfield, and lot for RC and solar cars, drones, and a mini sub); and the outdoor GreenSpace hosting our town Green Fair. Each year we merged traditional skills with modern high tech through mini workshops on soldering, programming, woodwork, 3D printing, laser cutting, PBL, robotics, electronics, home wiring, and more.

All free, of course-- thanks to our incredible sponsors.

We were excited to have had join us in the past year: Action Together, American Littoral Society, Apple, Applied Inspirations, Barnegat Bay Partnership, Barnes and Noble, Beachplum Quilters, Boy Scouts of America, Bubby's Beanery, Community Medical Center, Cosplay by Nick Woetko, Ctrl-V, Deep Cut Bonsai, Deloitte Consulting, John DiCapua 3D Printer Hacking, Envision Innovative Solutions, EverFi, FIRST Robotics, 501st Legion (Star Wars), Friends of Ortley Beach, Erin Garcia-Hawes, Get in the Spin, Girl Scouts Transisters, Habitat for Humanity, Ham Radio Fest, Hamilton-Buehl, glass artist Jack Knight, Jersey Shore Amateur Radio Club, Let's Invent That, Likeable STEM, Manalapan High School, Maplewoodshop, Mike Schiarappa's V-cards, Microsoft, Museum of Interesting Things, National Guard STEAM Program, the NJ Department of Education Office of STEM and Innovation, NJ Institute of Technology, NJ Makers Day, Ocean County College Grunin Center for the Arts, Ocean County Library, OC 4-H STEM Club, OC Modelers (RC planes), Ocean County Vocational Schools, Passion Peaces, Poseidon Cube Club, Robomov, Save Barnegat Bay, South Jersey Maker Meetup, SPINdorato and the Flying Arts, Teq, 3Dducators, Toms River Bureau of Fire Prevention, Toms River Green Team, Toms River Regional Schools (including the MiniMaker Corner for PreK-2 and the VR Village at our main booth), TRSTV, Vintage Computer Federation, Vorpal Robotics, WAGS Robotics, Zoom Balloons, and Zzak G. Applaud Our Kids Foundation

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