SOURCE: Maker Media

Maker Media

October 08, 2014 18:38 ET

Making Makers, New From Maker Media

SEBASTOPOL, CA--(Marketwired - Oct 8, 2014) - How can we raise children to be life-long creative thinkers, problem-solvers, and inventors? This was the problem Dr. AnnMarie Thomas faced when teaching her engineering students. They were bright, well-educated college students, and they certainly wanted to learn. But they had never actually made anything.

In her search to discover how to keep creativity alive into adulthood, Dr. Thomas decided to interview a series of notable Makers about their own backgrounds. The result is Making Makers, a remarkable collection of interviews and essays that illustrate how important childhood experiences can be to adult growth and opportunity.

Written for parents and educators, Making Makers taps into the early memories of such famous makers as:

  • Chris Anderson, founder of 3D Robotics
  • Molly Black, co-founder of Sassy Knitwear
  • Lenore Edman, co-founder of Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories
  • Dean Kamen, founder of DEKA Research & Development Corporation, and FIRST
  • Mitch Resnick, creator of Scratch and Director of the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab
  • Amon Millner, director of the EASE Lab at Olin College
  • Nathan Seidle, founder of SparkFun Electronics
  • Luz Rivas, founder and executive director of DIY Girls

"Going into these interviews, I expected to hear lots of stories about taking things apart as children," Dr. Thomas says. "While I did hear some of these stories, I also met a lot of people who told me they absolutely weren't interested in doing that as a kid. A strong message that I hope comes through in this book is that there are numerous paths to being a maker. There's not a single right way to raise maker kids, and no one experience that every maker child must have."

Written for parents and educators, Making Makers shares stories, examples, and resources to inspire you and the kids in your life to create something the world has never before seen.

"The number one takeaway for parents and for educators is that to become Makers, children must be allowed to explore their interests and the world around them," Dr. Thomas says. "We, as parents, should take the roles of supporters and facilitators, rather than trying to be the experts in everything our kids are interested in."

How will the children in your life retain that early sense of wonder that leads to a lifetime of creativity? Making Makers helps you learn what's been most important to a raft of successful makers so that you can step out of the way and let those kids get to it.

Additional Resources
For more information about the book, including author bio and cover graphic, see http://www.makershed.com/products/making-makers-1ed

About Dr. AnnMarie Thomas
Dr. AnnMarie Thomas is an Associate Professor in the School of Engineering at the University of St. Thomas. Her teaching and research focus on engineering design, particularly as it relates to PK-12 education. With her students, AnnMarie explores the playful side of engineering exploring topics such as Squishy Circuits, the Engineering of Circus, and toy design. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of St. Thomas, AnnMarie taught at Art Center College of Design. AnnMarie served as the Founding Executive Director of the Maker Education Initiative. She is the mother of two young makers. AnnMarie has an SB in Ocean Engineering (with a minor in Music) from MIT, MS and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Caltech, and a professional certificate in Sustainable Design from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

About Maker Media
Maker Media is a global platform for connecting makers with each other, with products and services, and with our partners. Through media, events and ecommerce, Maker Media serves a growing community of makers who bring a DIY mindset to technology. Whether as hobbyists or professionals, makers are creative, resourceful and curious, developing projects that demonstrate how they can interact with the world around them. The launch of Make: magazine in 2005, followed by Maker Faire in 2006, jumpstarted a worldwide Maker Movement, which is transforming innovation, culture and education. Located in Sebastopol and Oakland, CA, Maker Media is the publisher of Make: magazine and the producer of Maker Faire. It also develops "getting started" kits and books that are sold in its Maker Shed store as well as in retail channels.

Contact Information

  • Media Contact
    To obtain review copies and for author interview requests, please contact:
    Gretchen Giles
    Publicist, Maker Media
    Email Contact
    707.570.7887