Some of the best memories from my childhood are those moments when my father, who used to teach Electrical Engineering back in the early 90s, used to give me his Electrical Circuits kit and just challenge me with one puzzle after the other to make different things! For some reason, I enjoyed the experiments and playing with the different tools to create sound alarms, use light sensors…etc. These are the mental images I had when I first heard about the Maker Movement or the Maker Culture.
Many of those involved in this movement state that it is the new wave towards a whole new industrial revolution where technology and the science of Engineering lead informal communities to design, make and reshape everything around us. Cory Janssen defines the Maker Movement on Technopedia as, “A trend in which individuals or groups of individuals create and market products that are recreated and assembled using unused, discarded or broken electronic, plastic, silicon or virtually any raw material and/or product from a computer-related device.”
Simply put, the Maker Movement focuses on providing everyday people who have ideas with the resources and the equipment needed to create products based on their ideas. Learning happens informally in Maker Spaces, community centres where the Makers (people who make or create the products) meet.
The Intentional Society for Technology in Education ISTE published a blog post on its ISTE Connects Blog entitled ‘What Can Educators Learn from the Maker Movement‘ where great ideas are shared on how schools can use the principles of the Maker Movement to create clubs or Maker Fairs.
The way I look at it, I think the Maker Movement is indeed revolutionary and I like how this ‘Maker’ documentary explains it!
So, how about creating a Maker Space at your school?