Maker Movement

Barbara J. Feldman

The maker movement is a contemporary STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) culture that encourages invention and prototyping. It includes engineering activities such as electronics, robotics, and 3-D printing, as well as more traditional crafts such as metalworking, and woodworking. It stresses the creative use of DIY, technology, and learning practical skills.

  • DIY5 stars

    "DIY is a place for kids to share what they do, meet others who love the same skills, and be awesome. The big idea is that anyone can become anything just by trying - we all learn by doing." Fashioned after scouting badges, skills are learned by completing challenges, and patches are earned along the way. For example, the Game Dev skill includes 7 challenges, the first of which is creating an image sprite.

  • Instructables5 stars

    The Instructables community grew from an idea at MIT Media Lab in 2006. They now house over one hundred thousand projects. "Instructables is a place that lets you explore, document, and share your creations." Sharing can be done with photos, step-by-step instructions or video. Exploring can be done via Channels (popular ones include ebooks, Arduino, Toys and Photography), or the Recent and Popular lists.

  • Make:5 stars

    Make: is a digital and paper magazine, the producer of Maker Faire, and a website. "The site features breaking DIY news and information, original content on building, repairing, and modifying the technology that surrounds us, and step-by-step project articles on a broad range of topics." Start your exploration with Projects (look for it on the secondary horizontal menu) for a "cookbook of DIY projects for the workshop, kitchen, garage, and backyard."

  • SparkFun5 stars

    "We think everyone should have the hardware and resources to learn and play with cool electronic gadgetry." SparkFun supports their vision with online tutorials, curriculum for electronics classes, and a national bus tour "to spread innovation at schools, libraries, and hackerspaces throughout the country!" Tutorials cover concepts (polarity, electric power), skills (how to read a schematic), projects, and technology (GPS basics).

  • Sylvia's Show5 stars

    Sylvia (host) and her dad (producer) produce "Sylvia's Super-Awesome Maker Show!" about "everything cool and worth making". Recent videos include Lilypad Heartbeat Pendant (using an Arduino and a pulse sensor), and Sylvia's Squishy Circuits (a pliable dough you can make in your kitchen). Sylvia's enthusiasm for science is catching, and I loved the comments from viewers who wished their high-school science teachers had been as effective.

  • Honorable Mentions

    The following links are either new discoveries or sites that didn't make it into my newspaper column because of space constraints. Enjoy!

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  • Feldman, Barbara. "Maker Movement." Surfnetkids. Feldman Publishing. 20 Aug. 2013. Web. 4 Dec. 2014. < >.

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