How Do We Make New Makers?

Originally posted on MAKE:

Education Day Bay Area 2013

How do we make new make new makers? Recent experience shows that when kids are exposed to the context for making, they pretty much handle the job themselves. We just need to get out of the way. The challenge to us adults is, providing that context, and being brave enough to get out of the way. Enter Maker Education Day.

Every year before Maker Faire, a group of school kids gets exposed to just what it means to be a maker. We’re not teaching them. We’re exposing them. Perhaps infecting them might even by the right term. Because once they see the amazing stuff other makers are doing, they catch it: The desire to make.

The next bit is crucial. Give them a chance to see the makers in themselves. Let them play. Hand them tools. Ask them to try. Then watch them light up, and get out of the…

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I am a free-lance journalist focused on art and design matters, life-time student of architecture, amateur graphic designer, and somewhat competent woodworker. I believe that art wrting is a high calling. My current project, artbliss (, is a blog that looks at art museums from all over the world, offering the latest news, feature articles, artist profiles, and more. My articles have also appeared in, US Green Technology ( and my portfolio/blog, writer’s blo(g) (
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