Technocrafting & The Maker Movement

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As the daughter of an engineer and an artist, I am inspired by the Maker movement where Arts, Crafts, Science, Engineering, Technology, and Math (in educational curriculum circles, you might have seen the acronym STEAM) intersect. Although the definitions of “Maker” vary tremendously, Maker Faire, festivals devoted to celebrating the maker movement and bringing it to the public, describes their events as:

Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. All of these “makers” come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned. (Source: http://makerfaire.com/makerfairehistory/)

Although many people assume that being a Maker means that you have to incorporate technology or power tools into your crafting, I believe that if you “make” things, then you are a “Maker.” If you look at makezine.com or www.instructables.com, two of the most popular internet sources for a huge variety of Maker tutorials, you will see examples ranging from sewing to building your own robot at home.

I love the idea of Technocrafting, which I define as integrating technology into traditional crafts. Some examples of tutorials that demonstrate this concept this are adding lights to a quilt, light up earrings, or a hat that reminds you to put on sunscreen based on a bulit-in UV sensor.

Whether or not you identify as a Maker, a Crafter, a Parent, a Frustrated Engineer (borrowed from one of my talk attendees here), or something else altogether, I hope you find something here that inspires you to make something!

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