Making Today vs. Yesterday Reflection by Angela Marshall
The ideals of the maker movement (sans computers) are on par with my educational experience as a student in the 70s. Having said that, I acknowledge that my experience is probably unique regarding this question.
I attended a Catholic elementary school in the Philadelphia area. The principal was quite progressive and came to an agreement with the public junior high school that allowed my classmates to attend the public school for science. We built telescopes to explore the night sky as well as devices that measured distance. Additionally, the girls were able to attend cooking and sewing classes while the boys attended metal and wood shop.
It was a wonderful opportunity and I am able to look back and realize how fortunate I was. The program encouraged asking questions, critical thinking and working collaboratively. It provided me with a solid foundation of science and life skills. It is only recently that I have been able to label the experience as “make, tinker and engineer”.
"If every child were to be given access to a computer, computers would be cheap enough for every child to be given access to a computer."
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