What does it mean to be a maker?
To be a maker means that you can create your own solutions to problems, rather than rely on others to find an answer for you. Makers are curious about the world around them, but mostly about the ways in which they can improve it. Makers have a unique confidence, built upon layers of previous failures.
What are you doing in the Maker community?
I have been a strong advocate for making across curriculum, and believe that making has the potential to impact all subjects, not just STEM learning, highlighted in my forthcoming book (July, 2016) "Creating Makers." Through our technology library, unBound, we are focused on finding ways that making and literacy can collide, for example through our 'maker storytimes.' Maker storytime uses books as a bridge into maker activities, fostering an early maker mindset and love of literacy with children as young as 3 years old.
Who are some other Makers you admire and why?
I've always been inspired by Leah Buechley, a designer, engineer, and educator, who created the Lilypad Arduino that is used with e-textile projects. I love her ability to think outside traditional STEM subjects, specifically her reach to young females, to engage them in critical thinking and maker activities.