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Making Makers: Kids, Tools, and the Future of Innovation Paperback – September 20, 2014
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|Making Makers||Zero to Maker 2nd Ed||Maker Pro|
|Theme||What makes a Maker? Childhood.||What makes a Maker? Learning skills.||What makes a Maker? Grasping the challenges of manufacturing and distribution.|
|Spaces Explored||Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, Evil Mad Science Labs, Education Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon, Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, Maker Faire, MIT Media Lab, Monterey Bay Aquarium.||Haxlr8r, Maker Faire, Noisebridge, TechShop, FabLabs.||Hack Factory, Hacker Farm, LEGO Imagination Center, Noisebridge, NYC Resistor, Maker Faire, MIT Media Lab, TechShop, Tokyo Hackerspace.|
|Maker Backgrounds||3D Robotics, DEKA R&D, DIY Girls, EASE Lab at Olin College, Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories, MIT Media Lab, Sassy Knitware, Scratch, SparkFun Electronics.||DIY.org, Instructables, Inventables, Jellyfish Tank, Maker Media, Mozilla Foundation, ShapeOko.||BioCurious, Brickstuff, Chumby, Freaklabs, Good Life Lab, MakerBot, Tindie,.|
|Take Away||Lifelong creativity is a learned skill, one fostered and nurtured in childhood. In this collection of essays and interviews, the featured Makers discuss how lighting stuff on fire, blowing stuff up, and having the freedom to experiment with failure sparked an interest that has sustained them into adulthood.||When author David Lang lost his desk job, he realized that he had no skills that didn't involve sitting in front of a computer. Over the course of a year, he set out to learn essential Maker skills, eventually launching an open source underwater robotics company. If he can do it, anyone can.||What does it take to make the leap from hobbyist to professional? In this series of essays and interviews, professional Makers examine the obstacles, challenges, and rewards of making what they love to do actually become a career.|
|Desire With Which You'll be Seized After Reading This Book||To hand your child matches.||To explore an underwater gold mine.||To quit your day job.|
|Featured Makers||Chris Anderson, Kipp Bradford, Molly Black, Leah Buechley, Christy Canida, Judy A. Castro, Dawn Danby, Lindsay Diamond, Will Durfee, Lenore Edman, Woodie Flowers, Holly Gates, Bradley Gawthrop, Susan Grudem, Danny Hillis, Steve Hoefer, Mimi Hui, Jeffrey Jalkio, Steven Jevning, Eric Jonas, Dean Kamen, David Kelly, Sophi Kravitz, Allison Leonard, Luc Mayrand, Paul McGill, Amon Millner, John Edgar Park, Mitch Resnick, Luz Rivas, Eric Rosenbaum, Nathan Seidle, Raquel Vélez, Jane Werner.||Chris Anderson, Alex Andon, Dale Dougherty, Edward Ford, Jesse Harrington Au, Susan Hoff, Zach Kaplan, Andrew Sliwinski.||Mitch Altman, Jimmy DiResta, Eri Gentry and Tito Jankowski, Andrew "bunnie" Huang, Rob Klingberg, Sophi Kravitz, Joe Meno, Emile Petrone, Zach Smith, Wendy Tremayne, Chris Wang.|
About the Author
Dr. AnnMarie Thomas is an Associate Professor in the School of Engineering at the University of St. Thomas. Her teaching and research focus on engineering design, particularly as it relates to PK-12 education. With her students, AnnMarie explores the playful side of engineering exploring topics such as Squishy Circuits, the Engineering of Circus, and toy design. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of St. Thomas, AnnMarie taught at Art Center College of Design. AnnMarie served as the Founding Executive Director of the Maker Education Initiative. She is the mother of two young makers. AnnMarie has an SB in Ocean Engineering (with a minor in Music) from MIT, MS and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Caltech, and a professional certificate in Sustainable Design from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
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That is what AnnMarie Thomas asks in her book, "Making Makers." She takes a look at innovative adults, successful engineers, and leaders in their field and asks them what their childhood looked like. They discuss the path their lives took, what their parents' actions (or inactions) did to help them on their maker journey. Inspiring pictures are sprinkled throughout.
Some of the makers profiled in the book called their parents and said "what were you thinking?!" after talking over their childhood memories with Ms. Thomas. She outlines what the parents *were* thinking and what this generation of parents need to look at if they want to raise innovative makers ourselves.
Acceptable risk, letting failure occur, providing materials and finding mentors are just a few of the subjects discussed here. I think it's a must read for all parents, especially parents who have children that have interests that do not mirror their own.
Many of these modern makers also share stories about how they are raising their own children. Through shared experiences, along with healthy doses of freedom and independence, using things like tools, materials, and readily available resources, these parents are guiding their kids to become their own kinds of maker - not duplicates of their maker moms or dads.
This book is a great read with lots of stories to laugh at, and deep summarizing takeaways offered by the author to consider. As both a parent and an educator trying to make makers, this book offers lots of valuable insights. Don't expect a cookbook set of recipes to follow - you'll get a list of ingredients (ie themes), but how you mix and make 'em is up to you!