What is a Maker?

When parents and kids ask us, “What is a Maker? or Who is a Maker?”, with a puzzled look, I can understand.  So what is, Maker Party?   The term ‘Maker’ is a relatively new phenomena.  Makers are part of the DIY (Do-It-Yourself) culture.  The maker subculture usually brings a combination technologies to their creations.  Their tinkering encourages creativity through prototyping with a combination of craftsmanship skills and educational pursuits.

It is no wonder that educators are very interested in using the maker approach to incorporate STEAM (Science, Technology, Education, Arts, and Math) educational concepts into their curriculum.  Learning by doing is natural for makers.  The maker movement has given rise to “maker spaces” where making happens in a workshop setting.

This learning while doing is why we at MakerParty.com have taken the best of the maker movement and turned a workshop into a party, “Maker, Maker, Maker Party!”  We are a maker space that comes to you with a party, hence, “Maker Party”!

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maker_culture

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Ingenuity Unbound at the Maker Faire | Vegas Seven

They not only shot lightning, but they sang.

 

The robots are coming. So, too, are the laser cutters, the 3-D printed objects, jewelers, toymakers and, why not, the hand-stitched stuffed animals. The Las Vegas Mini Maker Faire, coming to the Downtown Project’s Learning Village (next door to Container Park) on April 5, is a chance for Las Vegas’ technicians, artisans and craftspeople to show off what kind of clever, artful mischief they’ve been building in the spare room. – See more at: http://vegasseven.com/2014/03/25/ingenuity-unbound-maker-faire/#sthash.fT6toGOj.dpuf

From article
http://vegasseven.com/2014/03/25/ingenuity-unbound-maker-faire/

Invention from Kickstarter Attracts $2B from Facebook

Young inventors dream of having an invention that changes the world.  Some even turn their inspired passion into really big money success.  Maker Party supports young inventors on Kickstarter with parties using the latest funded projects as the basis of our parties.  We expose your young inventor to cutting edge technology before it hits the mainstream ensuring that your kids are exposed to the future trends not retread ideas.  Maybe our future maker party will be virtual reality by Oculus or from the next Kickstarter hit.  Either way, we inspire the next generation to ‘Make Something’, and perhaps change the world and get a billion or two.

– Alan Miller

From Wired.com

Kickstarter Rockets Into the Mainstream

After Facebook’s $2B Oculus Buy

When Facebook acquired Oculus earlier this week, the virtual reality outfit walked away with $2 billion in cash, stock, and potential bonuses. But Facebook also bestowed a huge gift on Kickstarter, the crowd-funding platform that enabled Oculus in the first place. The $2-billion acquisition lent big-money credibility to Kickstarter and the many projects it helps incubate.

The Facebook deal will put the afterburners on Kickstarter, investors and entrepreneurs say, igniting a financial engine that formerly powered only the most adventurous technologists. It’s the clearest sign yet that Kickstarter has moved beyond hobbyists and is now being deeply integrated into the pipeline that funds Silicon Valley’s most prestigious startups.

http://www.wired.com/business/2014/03/oculus-a-boon-to-kickstarter/

Early Introduction to STEM Education for Girls Lead to More Women in Tech/IT

An early introduction to STEM education will lead more girls into technology.  We hope that Maker Party will help inspire local girls to pursue STEM education early.  Don’t take our word for it.  Check out the article excerpts below:

A leading advocate for introducing girls to computer science argues that educators must develop required programs at the K-12 level to resolve gender imbalance in the tech sector.

More often than not, the jobs of today and tomorrow require advanced knowledge in science and technology. In fact, by 2020, the U.S. economy will demand 123 million high-skilled workers with strong backgrounds in science, technology, engineering and math — a set of skills commonly called STEM.

  • STEM jobs are the future.
  • Women today represent 12% of all computer science graduates. In 1984, they represented 37%.
  • Women make up half of the U.S. workforce, but hold just 25% of the jobs in technical or computing fields.
  • In a room full of 25 engineers, only 3 will be women.

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http://www.cio.com/article/738336/U.S._Schools_Need_More_STEM_Training_Better_Broadband?page=2&taxonomyId=3133

On the STEM front, the White House launched the Educate to Innovate initiative early in Obama’s presidency. That effort, unveiled in November 2009, seeks to enlist the business community to forge public-private partnerships that will encourage STEM education.

The administration is also aiming to change the perception of the STEM subjects, hoping to put to rest the stigma that brands science and technology as uncool. In that spirit, Duncan called on the students participating in Maker Camp to spread enthusiasm for STEM subjects among their peers.

“You can help by telling your friends why STEM is cool — the technology we use, our cell phones, the best new apps, our animated movies, and even the Mars rover all come from people who love STEM,” Secretary of Education Arnie Duncan said. “You are absolutely the inventors of the future, and we need many, many more of you.”
Kenneth Corbin is a Washington, D.C.-based writer

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TED Talks Jay Silver: Hack a banana, make a keyboard! (MaKey MaKey)

Why can’t two slices of pizza be used as a slide clicker? Why shouldn’t you make music with ketchup? In this charming talk, inventor Jay Silver talks about the urge to play with the world around you. He shares some of his messiest inventions, and demos MaKey MaKey, a kit for hacking everyday objects.

http://www.ted.com/talks/jay_silver_hack_a_banana_make_a_keyboard#t-390194