What Exactly is the Maker Movement?

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We hear about it every turn we take. Makers. Tinkerers. Crafters. DIYers. The Maker Movement is taking the world by storm, but what is it exactly?

Well, a maker can be whatever you want it to be, but the internet defines the movement as a technology-based extension of the popular DIY movement. This includes the creation of new items and products as well as the tinkering with of existing ones.

Makers Faires are an obvious tangible result of the maker movement. There’s the Maker Faire brand, which is a show-and-tell festival of invention, technology and an all-around celebration of maker culture. Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. It’s a venue for makers to show examples of their work and interact with others about it. Maker Faires can be found in different areas annually.

Other maker faires and festivals can be found around the world, run by those makers who are passionate about their crafts. Barnes and Noble sponsors their own makers fair, inviting tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, entrepreneurs and makers to gather in stores and hear from the experts, work on projects, and learn more about the maker movement.

Barnes and Noble is a sponsor of this year’s Building STEAM Maker Festival, a three-day event bringing together the maker community, schools and industry to illustrate innovation, creativity and invention by providing a hands-on, immersive environment of learning and exploration.

The festival welcomes professionals and amateurs, enthusiasts, hobbyists, innovators and entrepreneurs, tinkerers and craftsmen to exhibit, demonstrate and provide educational immersive experiences for attendees.

Friday, May 13 will be an education day at the festival, where area schools are invited to attend. Activities, make and takes, and academic challenges will delight and excite students of all ages. There is no charge for schools who register to attend. Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15 are open to the public.

For more information, visit http://building-steam.org/.

Photo courtesy of Aimee & Paul Bogush

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