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Barnes & Noble once again joins forces with Maker Media Creators of Make: Magazine to host Mini Maker Faires Nationwide November 11-12th

If you’re a tech enthusiast, crafter, educator, tinkerer, hobbyist, engineer, science club member, author, artist, student, entrepreneur, or maker of any kind— you’re a Maker. The Maker movement is grounded in the simple fact that making is so basic and fundamental to who we are as people… we have always found ways to use tools and tell stories and when you “MAKE” something you do both at once… it’s powerful. And it is clear that technology is the new tool set of the 21st century. Recently, Barnes & Noble teamed with YourUpdateTV to provide a preview of what everyone can expect at this year’s faire.

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This year’s third annual Barnes & Noble Mini Maker Faire will be about the latest technologies being explored in the emerging worlds of virtual and augmented reality, expanding the curriculum of coding and programing, along with the sharing of new materials to build and create. Some of the products available for Making include:

  •     Thames & Kosmos Ooze Labs
  •     Be Amazing Frozen Science Kit
  •     Sarabella’s Thinking Cap
  •     My Intent Jewelry
  •     LEGO®; Brackitz; Magformers; Squigz; Strawbees

This all comes at a pivotal moment for the United States. According to the Bureau of Labor, if nothing changes, in the year 2020 there will be 1.5 million U.S. technology jobs that will go unfilled due to lack of available talent. To help answer this call, Barnes & Noble and Maker Media, creator of Make: Magazine are teaming up for the third year to give children and adults in communities across the country the permission to explore, learn, make mistakes and have fun while building their tech literacy skills.

Barnes & Noble stores throughout the U.S. will once again be transformed into a fun and interactive education space featuring events like Meet the Makers, Make Workspace and Make & Collaborate. During these events, customers can interact with Makers, get hands-on with some of the latest materials for building and constructing and be introduced to some of the newest innovations using virtual reality, augmented reality, robotics, coding and programming and more! Guests of all ages will also have the opportunity to get hands-on experiences around the art of designing, handcrafting and constructing, in the spirit of collaboration, cooperative learning and teamwork.

About Kathleen Campisano:

Kathleen Campisano is an award-winning business leader with a 20+ year record of driving multimillion dollar growth. Her areas of expertise include marketing, branding, ideation, P&L management, merchandising, experiential retailing and innovation in both product and content development.

Campisano has been the Vice President of Toys & Games for Barnes & Noble since 2009. She is a longtime contributor to the toy industry and currently serves on the TIA Board. Campisano has also served as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for Mega Brands, as SVP of Design, Product Development and Marketing, pre/post IPO, at LeapFrog Enterprises, along with key marketing brand positions at Fisher Price and Century Baby Products. Ms. Campisano has guest lectured at Toy & Game Conferences across the country, Haas Business School of Management at UC Berkeley, and has served on several retail panels representing the specialty toy market. She holds an Executive MBA from the SUNY School of Management in Buffalo, NY, and a BS in Marketing from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH.

About Barnes & Noble
Barnes & Noble, Inc. is the world’s largest bookseller and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products. The Company operates 632 Barnes & Noble bookstores in 50 states (as of July 29, 2017), and one of the Web’s premier e-commerce sites, Our Nook Digital business offers a lineup of popular NOOK® tablets and eReaders and an expansive collection of digital reading content through the NOOK Store®.

About YourUpdateTV:
YourUpdateTV is a social media video portal for organizations to share their content, produced by award-winning video communications firm, D S Simon Media ( It includes separate channels for Health and Wellness, Lifestyle, Media and Entertainment, Money and Finance, Social Responsibility, Sports and Technology.

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