Making in Education

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The Young Makers program connects young people (typically ages 12-17) with adult mentors and fabricators to create opportunities for kids to dream up and develop projects for exhibition at Maker Faire each year. It encourages kids to develop projects based on their own interests and ideas. Past projects have included a pedal-powered trolley, furniture that doubles as a hamster habitat, a fire-breathing dragon, a seesaw water pump, an animatronic galloping horse, and a mobile spy camera. The program creates a collaborative culture of creativity, innovation and experimentation. In addition, it brings program participants together for monthly meetups to explore different kinds of making and to talk about their own work in progress. In the Young Makers program, there are no winners and losers; the focus is on exhibition, not competition, and just like Maker Faire, anything that’s cool is fair game.

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Building a resource for Educators and Makers working to inspire young people to make projects in art, craft, engineering, green design, math, music, science, technology, and more. Makerspace introduces high schools to small-scale, distributed digital design and manufacturing technologies in order to help their students realize the creative potential of cutting-edge hardware and software tools. The goal is to educate high school students about new fabrication technologies and to provide access to equipment which allows students to not only design their ideas digitally, but to turn those ideas into real objects.

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The mission of the Maker Education Initiative is to create more opportunities for young people to make, and, by making, build confidence, foster creativity, and spark interest in science, technology, engineering, math, the arts—and learning as a whole. The Initiative hopes young people will join—and eventually lead—the growing Maker Movement. They are building community networks of families, leaders, educators, mentors, and organizations to nurture young makers. The Maker Education Initiative is a project of the Tides Center, a registered 501(c)3 non-profit public charity.