An encounter with a robot at the 2012 Maker Faire (Courtesy CNN)
On Friday, CNN published a report titled "Teach kids to make things" covering the growth of maker programs around the country. As the World Maker Faire New York 2013 is underway right now, we are happy to see increased recognition of these important programs.
The report, written by John Bare -- vice president of the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation and executive-in-residence at Georgia Tech's Institute for Leadership and Entrepreneurship -- covers the philosophy of the movement as well as its importance to the future of science education in our country. And that kids are finding these "makerspaces" fascinating:
High-profile Maker Faire events are the leading edge. A layer or two beneath, in church basements, children's museums and public libraries dubbed "makerspaces" -- part high-tech shop class and part Google hangout -- kids are showing up.
-- John Bare
Talking Stick, located inside the Awbury Arboretum in Philadelphia, is very proud to be on the cutting edge of this movement, offering Maker programs for two age groups on two separate days of the week (there are still a few spaces left in our Global Studies + S.T.E.A.M Maker Studio). Hopefully, this movement will continue to grow and help establish new and better ways to help our children engage with science.