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The Maker Movement – We like to Move it Move it!

  • by Bridget Rigby on May 16, 2013
    The Maker movement is happening in a big way, throughout the Bay Area and the world! People are really tapping into their innate drive to make, to prototype, to design and redesign as they go, to learn from failures, and come up with brilliant innovations through their own passion-driven projects.
    Through making, people build skills to turn their ideas into reality. They look at things from many different angles, come up with creative solutions to problems, stay solution-based through challenge, and turn failures into opportunities. This Maker mindset leads people to making many cool new things, designing cool new paths in life, and making a positive impact on their world.
    This connects with the design-based learning we’ve been doing at The Tech for 25+ years, through programs like The Tech Challenge, The Tech Science Labs, The Tech Summer Camps, and Hands-On Science Workshop, and also the vision for where The Tech is going as we redesign our museum around making through design challenge learning. The Maker mindset is perfectly aligned with how we support our guests as they tap into and develop their innovative talents, and is really what makes Silicon Valley such an innovative place.
    We’ve partnered with the folks from MAKE Magazine and Maker Faire for years on The Tech Challenge. They’ve always loved the Most Spectacular Failure award since that positive, solution-based attitude towards failure is such a key part of the Maker mindset. Last summer, we partnered with MAKE on our Maker Faire @ The Tech Gallery. We selected many different Makers from Maker Faire to showcase their innovations in our gallery, and supported guests all summer as they tinkered with the innovations and became Makers too.

    Building on the success of that gallery, we’ve partnered with MAKE and Pixar to host Open Make @ The Tech and Young Makers sessions leading up to this year’s Maker Faire. For each month’s events, we’ve highlighted the tools, techniques, and ingenuity of local Makers. We’ve had Makers leading science, technology, and art making sessions, Meet-the-Makers talks bringing together dynamic Makers to share their innovations and process, and Young Makers sharing their progress on Maker Faire projects.
    So many great memories, Makers of all ages, and projects from our Open Makes!

    Memories of guests making very cool things, and great connections between Makers. Like when Rick Schertle and Chris Anderson made the Maker trade on stage between Rick’s glider design and Chris’s high-tech flight controller. I just love the way Makers do business, always ready to share ideas and innovations for the love of the make! And always ready to share stories of their own failures that led to their innovations. They really demonstrated the Maker mindset that takes a crashed plane or a flying machine that gets totally tangled in a tree, and turns that into a new innovation – or a new company!

    Speaking of flying failures, we’re taking our Ready, Set, Fly! program to Maker Faire this weekend. We’ve selected this program since it really represents The Tech’s learning style and the Maker mindset. The entire program was developed around the idea of innovation happening when you remove the fear of failing, stay open to learning from failures, and relentlessly drive towards problem solving and iterative design.

    Come find The Tech’s Maker Faire booth to build your own flying machines and test them on our human-powered launcher. You’ll get to tinker with many different designs, leverage the forces of flight, and learn from your own spectacular failures as you create your flight path to success.
    We’ll be flying at Maker Faire both Saturday, May 18 from 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 19 from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

    We’ll also be part of 2 panel discussions on Saturday: with Maker Education Initiative on hosting Maker Corps members this summer and with Exploratorium and Lawrence Hall of Science on hosting Open Makes. Both on the Maker Ed stage, Open Make at 3:30 p.m. and Maker Corps at 5:00 p.m.
    Ready, Set…MAKE!!!