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The maker movement's potential for education, jobs and innovation is growing Dale Dougherty (@dalepd), one of the co-founders of O’Reilly Media, was honored at the White House yesterday as a “Champion of Change.” This White House initiative profiles Americans who are helping their fellow citizens “meet the challenges of the 21st century.” The recognition came as part of what the White House is calling “Make it in America,” which convenes people from around the country to discuss American manufacturing and jobs. “This is so completely deserved,” wrote Tim O’Reilly on Google+. The maker movement's potential for education, jobs and innovation is growing
The Maker Movement: Young Makers and Why They Matter
Moving the Economy: The Future of the Maker Movement
Mermaid Makers: Folktails by Ksenia and Sydney Eleven-year-olds Sydney and Ksenia formed Team Folktails to create realistic mermaid suits. Since January, Team Folktails has been testing tail shapes, materials and techniques to design a wearable tail that will look and behave in the water like a real mermaid. Updated information for the 2014 season! The Maker Education Initiative’s Young Makers program brings together a community of young people, ages 8-18, of varying backgrounds, interests, and skill levels, with mentors and a space to make. youngmakersprogram youngmakersprogram
Can DIY Movement Fix a Crisis in U.S. Science Education? | PBS NewsHour | June 29, 2011 JEFFREY BROWN: Next, making the stuff of science and making learning about it more fun for kids. NewsHour science correspondent Miles O’Brien shows us how. MILES O’BRIEN: At first blush, it all seems so typically suburban. But, if you want to keep up these Jones, you best stock up on propane, power tools, and polymers. Can DIY Movement Fix a Crisis in U.S. Science Education? | PBS NewsHour | June 29, 2011
Moving the Economy: The Future of the Maker Movement
The Maker Movement Creates Jobs As the unemployment crisis continues month after month, I'm tempted to climb to the roof of my house and yell at the top of my lungs, “The maker movement creates jobs.” This so obvious a fact seems lost on national decision-makers. The entire personal computer industry was born when a small group of hobbyists, The Homebrew Computer Club, met at Stanford University in 1975. Other industries are on the verge of being born if only our nation did more to support hobbyists. What more could be done? Provide makers--hobbyists--spaces to gather and tinker. The Maker Movement Creates Jobs
Mark Frauenfelder, founder of BoingBoing.net, is a strong proponent of the DIY movement. Mark Frauenfelder noticed them everywhere he went: bleary-eyed souls peering up over their laptops and monitors, craving something more tactile than a keyboard, plus a measure of control over their surroundings. And then it began: They started making things, things that didn't necessarily have anything to do with 1s or 0s. From handcrafted furniture to bespoke clothing to homemade robots, the Maker Movement took hold in California's geek-heavy communities in the early 2000s and has since grown into an international phenomenon. Maker Faire and the Growth of Do-It-Yourself Maker Faire and the Growth of Do-It-Yourself