What’s the Maker Movement and why should I care?
The maker movement has grown sustainably along recent years and will keep on growing for the years to come. It refers to an enthusiasm for inventing and creating new technologies and tools, in the U.S., Europe, and many other countries across the world. The maker movement has its origins in the do-it-yourself (DIY) attitude. Dale Dougherty is credited with having started the movement with the launch of Make Magazine in 2005. Since then, makers have been inventing solutions that celebrate enhancements in many fields — science, technology, art, engineering, design, and music, among others.
Every year, Make Magazine sponsors the Maker Faire, a community event described as the Greatest Show (and Tell) on earth. Maker Faire celebrated 191+ Faires in 2016 in 38 countries. The 11th annual Maker Faire Bay Area welcomed some 1,200 makers and 145,000 attendees.
The Maker Movement has also changed the way of creating, inventing, or simply building something. It revolutionizes the way leaders and innovators invest their ideas and inspires curiosity, creativity, and confidence. Thus, it promotes collaboration within communities and emphasizes on product-creativity. STEM and Maker activities also reduce the gap between vocational and academic education, and empowers kids to design video games, build robots, and learn the world of programming!
Contemplating your own idea is one empowering knowledge that every child should experience. As the authors of Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Education in the Classroom, Sylvia Libow Martinez & Gary Stager, put it, “The Maker Movement overlaps with the natural inclinations of children and the power of learning by doing”.