MAKE and the former MAKE: CRAFT magazines have started a movement of makers, makers faires and more. This is building stuff on an entirely new level.
1. MAKE magazine.
MAKE focuses on do-it-yourself or do-it-with-others projects. The projects involve computers, electronics, robotics, metalworking and more. Some of the projects are complex. Some can be created with household items. Check out the site to see some of the projects available there.
2. CRAFT magazine.
CRAFT is a defunct magazine that also focused on do-it-yourself projects — mainly crafting. Projects involve knitting, sewing, jewelry, metalworking and more. The magazine only ran from 2006-2009, but as part of MAKE, the site and information still exists. Check out the site to see some of the projects available.
DIY or do-it-yourself used to mean “how to”. Today, it more broadly describes an activity that uses creativity to make or design something on your own. This shift has changed the term from DIYer to maker. Not only are they making things, they share the information on how they do it. Makerspaces are physical locations where people get together to make things, including libraries and museums. Are you a DIYer or a maker? Do you have a makerspace near you? If so, check it out!
4. Try it.
See what makers create and share. From either of the sites above, find a project to try and do it.
MAKE is a huge part of the makers movement. It takes the do-it-yourselfers and adds technology into the mix. It includes a lot of engineering as well as traditional items like metalworking. The idea is “learn through doing.” There are three levels of makers. “Zero to makers” are those who are beginners. When they learn the skills they need and find a way to take their items into production, they become a “maker to maker.” When they move into the stage where they want to improve and start working with others, they become a “maker to market.” Find out more about makers.
6. Makers Share.
Makers share with other makers. How cool is that? Check out what others have done. Can you add to the community?
7. Maker faire.
These events occur worldwide, bringing makers together. Sometimes they will partner with others and sometimes they stand alone. Check out a maker faire near you.
8. MAKE YouTube.
Check out the videos from the MAKE channel. It shows camps, maker faires, projects, how-tos and more. If you like it, subscribe to add to your profile.
9. CRAFT YouTube.
The videos are older, but there is still great content on the channel. Check it out!
10. MAKE Pinterest.
Check out the Pinterest board for both MAKE and CRAFT items. They have 32 boards and almost 900 pins. If you like their pins, be sure to follow them.
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