The following article appeared in the Sunday 22 July 2012 issue of the New York Times:
The article discusses how people are losing their ability to do and make things as much as they used to. Given the continued rise in makers around the world, this trend away from Do-It-Yourself is reversing itself.
A world-class STEM workforce is essential to virtually every goal we have as a nation – whether it’s broadly shared economic prosperity, international competitiveness, a strong national defense, a clean energy future, and longer, healthier, lives for all Americans. By creating a STEM Master Teaching Corps to inspire students, and by giving these educators the necessary resources to teach well, we are investing in America’s future.
Over the course of six weeks, 13- to 18-year-olds (as well as their parents and teachers) will have the opportunity to collaborate with popular maker personalities—including Mark Frauenfelder of Boing Boing, Stephen Voltz and Fritz Grobe of EepyBird (the Coke and Mentos guys), Jimmy DiResta (co-host of Dirty Money on the Discovery Channel) and Limor Fried (founder of Adafruit Industries) — and other creative makers on fun projects themed around “the art of making.” Our goal is to encourage everyone this summer to make something and share it with their friends and family.
Making is a wonderful way to experiment and explore, to try to do new things, and mostly to let your imagination get the best of you. Making is fun (and it’s also a great way to learn, even if it is summer!). Making can be done indoors — even in a small space, like a kitchen table — but it’s also great to go outdoors to make things you can play with in the backyard or park.
Making could mean traditional arts and crafts projects, or science projects, but it could also use innovative technologies and processes that enable you to create something entirely new.
Every Monday through Thursday morning, beginning Monday, July 16, a Maker Camp “counselor” will post how-to instructions for a new project, right here on MAKE’s Google+ page. Some of these projects will overlap with ones in MAKE’s 3D “School’s Out” special issue, our first-ever summer issue devoted entirely to kids.
These projects are great for families to do together or for teens to do on their own. Many of the projects involve materials and tools that you can find around the house. Camp Director Nick Raymond will host a Hangout On Air in the afternoon so campers can post questions and comments and share photos and videos of their projects.
The first project at Maker Camp is our popular compressed air rocket. You’ll see from his post below that rocket guru Rick Schertle is our guest counselor for this project, and will be with us in New York to launch Maker Camp (and rockets!) with a Hangout today at the New York Hall of Science.
It wouldn’t be summer camp unless you were able to meet a lot of great, new friends who share your love of making. You’ll find that other campers will inspire you to come up with new ideas for projects.
Maker Camp is free, and open to everyone with a Google+ profile (you must be over 13 to have your own Google+ profile). To participate, simply follow +MAKE
Whether you build rockets or race cars, make T-shirts or experimental music, or discover nature or new things in the community where you live, I hope that you’ll have a blast at Maker Camp.