Mark Schreiber

Fort Collins, Colorado

What does it mean to be a maker?

Making starts with a mindset. To be a maker is to be creative, to take risks, to fail so that you can succeed. Makers bring things into existence that were impossible 2 days, 2 weeks, or 2 years before. All of us are born as creators, makers, and builders but as we "grow up" we learn that we shouldn't fail, that we aren't really artistic, and that we don't have time to tinker. Makers are willing to break that mindset and with it comes all sorts of creations from craft to high-tech and everywhere in between.

What are you doing in the Maker community?

"I am helping students create solutions to real-life problems with the creation of DesignCase, a maker-lab-in-a-box.

I am also helping schools integrate making into their existing curriculum so that making permeates into the school and doesn't just become another class with 4 walls. We need to not only have makerspaces but also help kids create, design, and build in other subjects too.

In February I launched an community curated maker resource experiment to see how many maker resources the community could create in 1 year. The website is called and I hope that educators and makers will start to find it and add to the content so that more people will have access to simple and quick reference sheets for making."

Who are some other Makers you admire and why?

"I admire my 3 daughters. They are amazing. Every week they make something, usually out of paper and tape, that makes me say, ""Wow!"".

My daughter Abby is about to get a Bone Marrow Transplant and I really don't know how she would have stayed so positive during this cancer journey without her crafting and building. While in the hospital she's made 3-story houses out of legos, created owl pictures with string around nails, hooked a Makey Makey up to a toy snake to scare the nurses, and designed a sushi-go-round conveyor-belt out of paper. Making keeps her happy, dreaming keeps her hopeful and creating calms her spirt -and watching it all, calms mine too."