Working with the open make events has been one of my favorite experiences so far. I love being able to work with kids on things that they are interested in. The open make events are an experience where I can both help a child with a project and learn from the student.
I have learned that it takes time to understand the ways that students learn. There is no "one-size-fits-all" way to teach; that is something that is hard from some people to understand. I have really grown in my teaching style in a way that lets me cater to different students.
STEM concepts really are about figuring out how the world works, so it does not matter if a student's passion lies somewhere other than STEM. What is important is to have a teacher that can help them develop that appreciation.