Background and Resource Help for Jinqiao Mini Maker Prospective Youth Makers!
“We get asked this question all the time. Implicit is usually a hint of “I don’t get it. What’s the big deal?” The superficial answer seems absurd. “Making is the act of creating something.” It’s been around forever. It’s not new. And yet I’m excited about it. There’s a movement about it. There’s talk of it changing the world.”- Travis Good from http://makezine.com/2013/01/28/what-is-making/
“The kind of change we seek in education is part of the change that we are seeing all around us, the kind of change we seek in ourselves. If those interactions with the world we live in inform and inspire us to create, then we are makers.” – Dale Dougherty – Founder of Maker Media http://www.ted.com/talks/dale_dougherty_we_are_makers.html
Film Story about the Maker Movement
“We Are Makers tells the story of the Maker Movement. It’s the story not of tools but of people. A publisher. An entrepreneur. A design professor. A middle school teacher. Two museum educators. And a creative director. Each provides an important viewpoint on why new technologies and communities of making are bringing us back to something deeply human.” http://vimeo.com/66162292
Colleges are looking at student makers
So I’m a Maker! Where Can I Get Started?
Maker Resources: Packed full of sites and ideas.
Class Pack Prep Materials – Are you thinking about bringing your class?
3D Print of your head!
Make: Kids and Family Fun
Electronics and Micro Controllers
Tinkering Studio Projects
and project blog http://tinkering.exploratorium.edu/blog
Instructables (All Kinds of Projects)
http://www.instructables.com/ Check out 21 Projects
PBS Kids Design Squad
The Crafty Cow – A children’s craft collective
Hands-on As We Go – Crafts
Science Guy – tutorials and videos for rockets, airplanes, gliders, and cars made with items found around the house.
Toys From Trash Toys has extensive photo and video tutorials for science and math experiments, and crafts, toys and games to make.
More projects from Instructables – find how-tos for marshmallow shooters, tiny robots, crafts, origami, animation, and more.
Enchanted Learning is a great source for craft inspiration for younger children, utilizing materials like cardboard, paint, string, and glue. Crafts are broken down by holidays and themes, as well as by material making it easy to find appropriate projects.
A science museum in San Francisco, CA, offers instructions on its website for “Science Snacks”; simple DIY versions of many of the exhibits you’ll find at the museum.
and “Science Snacks” http://www.exploratorium.edu/snacks/index.html
Education.com has a ton of science activities, games and experiments for all grades, from preschool through high school, as well as ideas for science fair projects.
Film Festival Five Minute Ideas
Teach Thought – 24 Maker Education Sites and Resources (some repeated)
Getting Smart – Maker Resources
Maker Program Design Site – Setting up programs, clubs, etc.
- Maker Playbook
- Maker Blueprint
- Setting up a Maker Club: Background, Starter Projects, Equipment, Resources.