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The railroad I’ve been building with kids in my middle school classroom is sectional - designed to dismantle and store every summer because my room gets used by a summer camp program and then again by a Maker Faire in October.
On Friday I received the news that the summer camp won’t need my room this year. I contacted the Maker Faire folks to see they’ve booked the space yet and if not proposed that I demo the railroad for the Faire. They were enthusiastic.
It occurs to me that a Maker Faire is a pretty sweet opportunity to introduce folks to the hobby, so I’m excited about the event. But I’ve got a lot of work to do - I have a pretty good feel for what works for beginners (I get a new crop of them every school year!), but all of my hardcopy explanatory materials are geared toward experienced model railroaders (I present at NMRA conferences and conventions).
Quite a few MRH readers have written about their experiences presenting model railroads at train shows, club open houses, shopping center exhibits, etc. I will be re-reading those accounts with special attention as I plan for October.
This opportunity certainly gives me a distinct goal!
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