Making Makers

I've always wanted to teach. A handful of teachers in particular, have inspired me enough with their stories, that I've always wanted to pass on my own. Spreading knowledge is, to me, one of the highest endeavors a person can undertake. It isn't exactly what makes the world go 'round, that's gravity, but it comes very close. Mankind is a story telling animal. 

Being in the MakerStudio has already shown me hundred times over how one person taking just a moment, and explaining something that at first looked difficult, but wasn't really, could completely alter the future in a positive way. That is a barrier breaker. That is tearing down walls a person had built up in their head holding them back from something.

People are natural makers. No matter what you do for a job, or are in school for, or however low you think your hand/computer skills are, you can make something really cool, and completely unoriginal. Nobody else in the world has your exact set of skills and experiences. You might just possess the perfect set of experiences, that will come together and inspire you to make the next biggest thingamabob. I've been lucky enough to see it, and now facilitate that environment for other people.

Lately, I have been trying to take it all in and learn as much as possible. The onus is on me to either be able to answer someone's "How do I do this...?" or figure out how we can find the best answer together. Sometimes my job is making a person comfortable with the idea that they are about to fail over and over again, before their newest widget will achieve its full awesomeness. A woman last night mentioned her CAD teacher stressing the importance of failure in his class. I was happy.

This has been a journey for me into the world of art, tech, 3D printing, Arduinos, Raspberry pis, coding, Macs, PCs, Linux, graphic design, product design, education, customer service, circuitry, mechanical skills, 3D modelling, physics, Materials science, video games, community outreach, CAD, politics, nonprofits, bugging friends to do this stuff with me, the Maker Movement, recruiting volunteers, social media, emails, lots of emails, and fun, lots of fun. This is just the beginning of something awesome and a lot of stories to tell.