Writing as Making

I live at the epicenter of the artisanal crafts movement: Oakland, CA.

My friends make their own chicken coops, meyer lemon marmalade, cocktail bitters, meat smokers, puppets. Full disclosure: I myself have taken part in said movement, most recently by brewing my own beer — the results of which have been hit or miss, and therefore not worth it in my mind since beer you buy will be consistently good and you won’t have to wait six to eight weeks to drink it.

This era of DIY self-sufficiency, fueled by programmable processors and the dream of an Internet of Things, seems to have found its way into schools via the Maker Movement. Prodded by no less a figure than the President, districts are falling over themselves to create STEM opportunities and Makerspaces for their young people.

This is a good thing.

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