Breaking Rules, Erasers & Building a Learning Culture

[Here’s an interview with Dale Dougherty from Edsurge. Dale highlights the role of Making to create a Learning Culture. The week of June 12 is the national week of Making. Here is some information from WQED, the PBS station in Pittsburgh:

The Week of Making is an opportunity to for individuals in communities throughout the U.S. and around the world to participate in Making activities locally, celebrating the innovation, ingenuity and creativity of Makers. Makers are developing new solutions and products to pressing challenges, engaging students in hands on, interactive learning of STEM, arts and design and enabling individuals to learn new skills in design, fabrication and manufacturing. (Source weekofmaking.org, Sarah Durzo, PA Intermediate Unit 1)

The Week of Making will kick-off on June 12, 2015. Showcase the making and tinkering happening in your area by adding your event to the Week of Making Calendar. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to showcase your areas making skills and add your event today!

Make sure to check out the other making events happening in our region and all over the country at Week of Making.org/events. To learn more about the Week of Making and President Obama’s call to action check out the Nation of Makers.

Share your maker movement using #weekofmaking!]

Betsy Corcoran
May 27, 2015

half_size_dale2-1432715677I met Dale Dougherty back in 2008 when I put the “Do It Yourself” trend on the cover of Forbes magazine. Back then, I called him and his long-time business partner, Tim O’Reilly, the “Tom Paines” of this new trend because they had started the quarterly publication, Make Magazine in 2005. Now, a decade into the Maker movement, Dougherty is earned an upgrade: He’s become the George Washington of the Maker movement, the leading figure in evangelizing a world in which we learn by doing. Recently, I caught up with Dale to get his reflections on makers, the movement and yes, cutting in line. 

edSurge: Pete Seeger had a hammer; Douglas Adams recommended traveling with a towel. What’s the one piece of gear that every maker should have?

Dougherty:  A pencil to sketch an idea or take a note, ideally one with an eraser.

edSurge: Does the typical “maker” in 2015 look the same or different from the “maker” of 2005?

Dougherty: If you look in their eyes, you see the same joy and passion today that I saw at our first Maker Faire. You sense a child-like curiosity and wonder that never seems to age. They may look different in other ways, have new things to demo including 3D printers and drones, but makers are still having fun and enjoying each other.

edSurge: If money was no problem, what would be in your perfect makerspace?

Dougherty: It would look like a village where you had all kinds of people who knew how to make all kinds of things, and you could spend time learning from them, having them show you how they use their tools or work with materials. Some would be scientists and engineers; architects and designers; artists and craftsmen. I’d also have people who knit and weld, those who love model trains or Legos. I’d like to see all those people with their own interests and personalities working on their own and working together. What makes a makerspace awesome are the people who know how to do things and love what they do. The more of them the merrier. (edSurge note: Sure sounds like a Maker Faire to us!) 

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