Let me tell you about a little annoyance I have in my life — maybe it’s in yours as well. No matter how carefully I fold them, knot them gently or, carefully place them, my earbud headphones always unravel in my bag and (like a little octopus) wrap themselves around everything in sight. So when I need them, I end up emptying my whole bag just to disentangle them.
Every. Single. Time.
So rather than accepting a future of pulling everything out of my bag when I need my earbuds I chose to do something about. My two options were:
- hope someone has created the perfect solution for me (and made it available at a reasonable price) or
- take destiny into my own hands, learn a few things and make something myself that solved the problem.
This second option, which taps into human-kind’s innate ability to make tools and solve problems, is at the heart of what’s known as the ‘maker movement’.
Let me give you a bit of background: the maker movement takes advantage of the fact that technology is at the point now where previously industry-level prototyping tools (modelling software, 3D printers, electronics, laser cutters) are now affordable for many schools. So we literally have the tools available to us to help our kids be inventors.