Tim Bajarin of TIME Magazine, in an article entitled, ‘Why the Maker Movement Is Important to America’s Future’, explains, “It [the maker movement] has the potential to turn more and more people into makers instead of just consumers, and I know from history that when you give makers the right tools and inspiration, they have the potential to change the world.”
Indeed, the ever-growing ‘maker movement’, with its central goal of turning citizens into “makers” rather than “consumers”, has positive implications for our planet. But what exactly is the ‘maker movement’? And how is it impacting children’s education around the world?
What is the ‘Maker Movement’?
According to an article by Technopedia, the ‘maker movement’ refers to “the increasing number of people employing do-it-yourself (DIY) and do-it-with-others (DIWO) techniques and processes to develop unique technology products.” Another definition reads, “the Maker Movement is a new trend based on old-school traditions in which the philosophy of doing, building, and creating prevails over just simply buying.”
As it pertains to education, the ‘maker movement’ is a DIY approach to learning; one whereby students construct and build tangible objects or produce personalized content. It is underpinned by the principles of constructivism. According to this philosophy, students are not simply passive recipients of knowledge, but rather, take an active, hands-on role in their learning. Tinkering, building, creativity and exploring are key pillars of the learning process.
The Maker Movement Making Its Way into Classrooms Across the Globe
Dale Dougherty of MAKE Magazine, in speaking with Education Week stated, “There’s an amazing grassroots effort underway to bring the maker movement into education.” And with little wonder; given that the next generation of makers and innovators are the very students in classrooms across the globe.
The challenge, however, is to ensure that schools, with their educational standards and traditional methods, routines and schedules, can successfully incorporate the ‘maker movement’ into their programs. To a large extent, success in this regard depends on the availability of effective and relevant DIY educational tools. According to an article by Edudemic, “one of the best ways to encourage students to be Makers is to create a makerspace”, or in other words, create an area equipped for learning with all the necessary tools on hand.
The MakePad is One of Those Tools
Here at MakePi, we are bastions of the ‘maker movement’, and a DIY approach to learning in STEM is at the center of our philosophy. In fact, the ‘maker movement’ is inbuilt into the very name and essence of our very own DIY educational tool— the MakePad.
This outstanding tablet, that effortlessly teaches kids as young as five how to code, is 100 percent DIY. Students will learn how to code, create games and make music in self-guided, hands-on, learning sessions. Furthermore, using the provided components, students can easily build the tablet themselves from scratch! Indeed, students will be able to “construct and build tangible objects” and “produce personalized content” with the MakePad.
We encourage you to give your students the “right tools and inspiration”; because they too “have the potential to change the world.” We warmly, and rather excitedly, invite you to get on board here!