Federal Support for STEM and Making in Afterschool
Repost from Afterschool Snack
Picture a center filled with computers, paired with a wood and metal shop, combined with a sewing studio, mixed with an arts and crafts room, filled with people of all ages building and making things to solve problems - this is the foundation of a maker space. Maker spaces were born out of the "maker movement" and the pull toward a more DIY culture. The movement gained steam around 2005 with the publication of Make: Magazine (a guide to DIY projects and activities) and the start of Maker Fair exhibitions. Since then, creative people from all over the world have been developing spaces where community members can flock to learn about technology and gain the tools they need to create.