Fix-it fairs bring together skilled repair people, and people who are prepared to watch and learn. Such events usually encompass a broad range of topics and skills, from DIY home projects to bicycle maintenance, but often include technology upgrades and repairs. Here’s how to plan one for your district:
- Determine the event format. Some fix-it fairs host multiple speakers and presentations and run for a full day, while others are simple one-room gatherings.
- Invite local organizations, educators and/or students to participate. Potential presenters include employees from local repair shops, recycling organizations, music stores and libraries.
- Ask each student to bring one broken item. If you have enough volunteers, teaching students to repair their own items is a great way to maximize the impact of the event.
- Have a recycling booth on-site. Seize the opportunity to teach students what to do with items that can’t be fixed.