Lori Simpson

Charleston, South Carolina
GlowBugz/Family Flow Arts


What does it mean to be a maker?

Makers are the movers, the shakers, the dreamers and the innovators that make magic come to life.

You can make things happen.

You can watch things happen.

Or, you can wonder what just happened. I am changing the future for youth in my local area by providing free STEAM opportunities; it's a revolution

What are you doing in the Maker community?

Each quarter I work with a small group of local youth. They learn basic electronics and use of a 3D printer. During the weekly tinker sessions each child builds their own LED flow toy, at no cost to them. At the end of the quarter, they have a really neat toy to keep and a great STEAM experience. Myself and other local flow artists teach them basic use and some fancy tricks with their new toy. They have group opportunities to show off their project and flow skills at local community events.

Who are some other Makers you admire and why?

Limor Fried. She is the founder of Adafruit Industries. 'Ladyada' is a fantastic role model for any woman interested in electronics and coding. She has enabled thousands of noobs with the skills and access to components to MAKE.

Scott Miller. Founder of Argent Data Systems/Hyperion. Scott is a maker that dreams big and takes whatever painstaking steps necessary to bring that dream to life as a solid consumer product. He routinely encourages and even helps other makers that technically are his 'competition'.

Erwin Redl. He is an artist that has forever changed the way I view my dreams and my life as a maker.