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How can people understand the benefits of making?


How can people understand the benefits of making?

Making is what makes us human. It connects us to the world around us and give us a way to express ourselves. The term ‘making’ is a broad term which includes all things you can make yourself, so this could include traditional arts and crafts, woodworking and metalwork as well as electronics, robotics and 3D printing.

Making is an exciting opportunity to use your hands, try different things and to experiment. It values individuality and creating new products on a smaller and more personal scale. Over the past few years, there has been increasing interest in ‘Makerspaces’ - places where people can make together- but it is still not very widely known. How can we make people more aware of the benefits of making? How can we create more spaces where people can experiment and learn more about making together?

Who are Makers? Watch Dale Dougherty, MAKE magazine publisher, explaining all about it.

Research the possible problems and the opportunities:

Look for interesting possibilities relating to ‘making’ and identify a specific reason why few people know about its benefits. Examples for this could include:

  • It’s a broad term that is too difficult to describe
  • Not enough people 'make' themselves so they don't understand the benefits
  • It’s seen as an expensive hobby

Design the solution

Design a product, campaign or service that will help overcome this problem. Examples could include:

A product: An education maker kit for primary school children to encourage more children from a young age to get involved in making

A campaign: A “Make Sale” for everyone in the community to make and sell something for a charity event

A service: A youth maker space, a safe space for young people to make things for themselves and meet like-minded people