A parent shared this video about a local artist who made his own “car” designed for “what the car wants for itself.” I think this is a great example of the maker movement. My favorite quotes:
It is a lot easier in our culture just to buy things. The things that we find valuable to ourselves aren’t things that we bought at some lame store. It’s things that we created or either passed down or we found them. Or there’s something funny about them. Those have value to us.
I feel like we’re losing that sort of passion. We just buy things now. A lot of people have excuses for not doing things. And they’re discouraging whenever I hear them because they are all false senses of their own abilities to explore and create.
…For some people it’s enough to just to think about it, or talk about it, or watch it on TV, or read about it in a book. My advice is to get your hands dirty, and wonder, and not be afraid to ask questions like ‘Why is that this way?’
…In everything we do there’s parameters. To ignore those is the key.
Reboot Buggy from Baas Creative on Vimeo.
Hi. I’m a student at the University of South Alabama studying Elementary Education. This idea of things that are important to us were not just bought in the store. Like you stated, so many people just buy stuff, but never make anything. I cannot imagine building a car, but I can see how that would make it truly special. I hope to one day use this idea in my classroom. Many students will buy or have their parents buy them toys. I remember making silly putty in a science class and it was the best! This was because I made it myself. This idea you posted is really important!
Alyssa, thanks for stopping by. If you are not familiar with it check out the Maker Movement. Many teachers are using design thinking to have students solve problems and create amazing things.