Making Makers: Kids, Tools, and the Future of Innovation by AnnMarie Thomas

By AnnMarie Thomas

It is a publication for folks and different educators—both formal and casual, who're keen on the intersections of studying and making. via tales, examine, and knowledge, it builds the case for why it will be significant to motivate today’s formative years to be makers—to see the realm as whatever they're actively supporting to create. in the event you are new to the Maker circulate, a few heritage and creation is given in addition to useful suggestion for buying young ones all started in making. when you are already accustomed to the Maker circulation, this booklet offers biographical information regarding a number of the “big names” and unsung heroes of the Maker circulate whereas additionally highlighting some of the attributes that make this a move that such a lot of everyone is captivated with.

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He didn’t get his first computer until he was 18, and still dreams of what he would have done had 18 | MAKING MAKERS he gotten one when he was 12. This raises an interesting point. Quite a few of the makers that I interviewed commented on how computers didn’t play a large role in their early childhoods. Many wistfully discussed how great it would have been to have had one. I wonder if they would have grown up to be the makers that they are today had they had easy access to computers as a child.

Student in engineering at MIT, he minored in art at the Museum School and eventually became a teaching assistant in the architecture school because of his ability to turn his ideas into tangible objects. He firmly believes in the importance of hands-on learning, but also recognizes why that is sometimes avoided. “You have to learn things by bumping into things. And that’s scary for a parent, I’m sure. ” Woodie taught MIT’s Introduction to Design and Manufacturing course, in which students spend a semester individually building a machine to compete in an end-of-semester RISK | 41 competition, and turned it into one of the campus’s most anticipated events.

Through his fascination with building models, he taught himself things like scale and proportion. No one assigned this to him, or graded him on it. One thing that bothered him then, and now, was the way that he and his friends were tracked based on grades, rather than interests. “In that period of time you didn’t really know what your friends’ interests were because it was so predetermined by the adults. That’s why Leonardo’s Basement became a kid focused place because I so objected to those learning experiences where adults knew best and you were never asked what you wanted to do.

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