AnnMarie Thomas: Making Makers

Ann MarieThomas is the Executive Director of the Maker Education Initiative. She talks about making makers and the importance of making things in order to learn them. According to her, many successful makers were created in families where parents gave their kids freedom and support to make their own inventions. Such makers increased their learning by going through the process of making what they envisioned. The Maker Education Initiative supports this view and seeks to create opportunities for youngsters to engage in learning through making.

I hope we are giving today’s kids, the skills and the tools both, literal and figurative that they need to turn their dreams into reality

My name Yitongliton, I study Mathematics  and plan to become a middle school teacher. Thomas’s point of view is very interesting to me because I always wanted to become a maker of electronics but thought that I would have to acquire some specialized training to become one. However, her presentation opened my eyes and I now believe I can start my own projects without formal training. This is great for me because once I work on my projects and develop confidence can help my future students learn a lot by guiding them to through their own individual projects.


10 thoughts on “AnnMarie Thomas: Making Makers

  1. Your post is very informative. I also believe in order for children to “invent” something or be able to create something using their imagination comes when they are given the freedom to do so. When parents and other adults involvements are provided- we can go much much far.

    • I totally agree with you. A free and creative mind ,with the right support system, can go very far.

  2. Creating/inventing comes naturally for most children because of their creativity and imagination. I agree with you and the two previous posts about parent’s support….just providing the right materials can open their minds and help them develop life long skills.

  3. I agree with you Osiris, in todays society with schools and it has been going on for a period of time, children just in rows and look at the teacher instead using their minds. What I mean by that is children don’t get enough time or chances to use what they already know or use their experiences to invent things be creative in anyway. By having with what Anne Marie Thomas says, the more children have these maker opportunities and coming into contact with what they invent, the more they learn and by having an alternative.

  4. good find on the maker education initiative, that is really good medium to encourage the processes of making things, children are really in great situation enhance their learning by being influenced to follow their imaginations and make what ever it is they choose. Formal training is good but it is also very good to learn from the bottom up and kids need to know that the process ultimately starts with them.

  5. I feel as if the best way to learn is trial and error, the research and ability to create something even if you do not have specialized training in that field is about the ride. You never no what your capable of creating unless you try!

  6. Great post @yitongliton raising a ‘maker’ comes from many places. I’m reminded of Caine’s arcade and I bet his father, and his father’s father being in the automotive repair business helped. When you have parents that are of the mind to encourage their kids to fix and build, vs. going to repairmen and/or buying a replacement makes a big difference.

    So @returnzero makes a good point, which is we have to practice what we preach if we want to have our kids and/or students become little makers. It’s even why I try to do the assignments with my students to remember what it’s like to do what I’m asking others to do. It also pushes me to constantly reinvent the work so I don’t get bored with the assignments!

    If you want to learn basic electronics, there are some really interesting ‘toys’ out there for kids, but are awesome for adults as well. Snapcircuits and Littlebits and Romminate are all great examples.

    • Thank you guys for your comments. Let’s go Makers! Thanks a lot Prof. Michael Smith for the sites, they really help.

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