Elizabeth Vicarte

Hagerstown, Maryland
KID Museum

What does it mean to be a maker?

To be a Maker means to be ingenuitive whenever you’re being faced with a problem. To be able to think in ways that other people wouldn’t, to have “outside the box” thinking. To be a Maker means to be organized with both the thought process in creating and executing ideas and with your time. You should be able to complete research thoroughly on your project before starting it. Most importantly, being a Maker means that you have the drive and the power to do and make whatever your imagination can think of.

What are you doing in the Maker community?

I was working on the E-Pin, short for Electronic-Pin, which is a wearable, interchangeable, moving, glowing electronic toy that kids can use to pin to their hair, their clothes, or use to accessorize different items that they may have, such as bags. The way it works is that there’s a single base that includes the motherboard and with just one base, you can attach any design onto it, magnetically. This toy was entered in the Toy 2.0 Challenge hosted by the KID Museum and made it to the semifinalist round. The interchangeable top part of the pin can take on a variety of shapes and sizes to meet the interests of kids of all ages, from butterflies to dragons to smiley faces and flowers.

My experience in the Maker community includes being an apprentice in the KID Museum and working together with them during the Toy 2.0 Challenge and the Silver Spring Maker Faire. Being with the KID Museum has helped me further develop my projects that were presented at the Maker Faire. I was also invited to attend a meeting at my hometown’s public library to discuss matters on opening a MakerSpace in my community.

Who are some other Makers you admire and why?

My father is a Maker I admire because he has the ability to organize and execute his ideas very quickly. I would like to obtain that skill from him as it is a necessity in becoming a great Maker!