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Making Makers by AnnMarie Thomas

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Chapter 1. Makers

What is a “maker”? Quite simply, makers make things. Some makers build robots, some sew clothes, some prepare food, some design tools, some construct houses. “Maker” isn’t a title conveyed after passing some test or degree program; rather, it is a self-identification. It’s also not, by any stretch of the imagination, a new concept.

Humans have always been makers. Our survival is directly tied to our ability to create, or find, food and shelter, though we as a species shouldn’t allow ourselves to feel too special because of this. From birds weaving elaborate nests, to beavers building dams, and spiders creating traps for their food, we are just like every other species in our biological need to make. What does set us apart, perhaps, ...

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