What is the Future of Making in Education?

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What is the Future of Making in Education?

By Mary Jo Madda (Columnist) and Blake Montgomery     Dec 21, 2015

What is the Future of Making in Education?

The Maker movement. For those of you who are unfamiliar with it, this phrase refers to a recent trend towards, well… making things. AdWeek has a pretty solid definition, saying that the maker movement is an umbrella term for independent inventors, designers and tinkerers. It’s a convergence of computer hackers and traditional artisans, and taps into American admiration for self-reliance and building.

With the growth of makerspaces in school systems, the Maker movement has also been making its way into K-12 and other educational spaces across the world. Maker Faires across the country attracted an audience of 1.1 million people this year, and at the heart of the Maker movement, there are a few key players driving its growth.

Dale Dougherty, Founder of MAKE Magazine and the creator of Maker Faires, is one of those people. And this week, EdSurge got some time to sit down with him and hear about what he predicts is next for making in education.

Curious to learn more about Make Magazine and its involvement in education? Make held an Education Forum in September about bringing more STEM into school programs. Speakers included Tom Kalil (The White House's Director of Tech & Innovation), Carmen Farina (Chancellor of NYC schools) and more. You can find a recap of that forum here.

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