We do this to ensure that a range of different interests are addressed and that there is at least one
activity for everyone. There are new headline activities each month and they aren't repeated for at least
two or three months to keep the monthly Maker Saturday feeling like a new but familiar experience.
Our goal in doing this is to try and find hidden passions of the participants. We want a young boy who
has never gotten a chance to knit to realize that he really enjoys it. Maybe he doesn’t go anywhere with
it but he has the chance to explore something that he may never have thought of exploring.
Maker Saturday is fun, but what is its value to
education? The educational theory behind Maker
Saturday, and the Maker Movement, is to use the
constructivist model of learning. This model proposes
that knowledge is constructed by each individual and
not transferred from teacher to student, and that
most effective learning is done when a learner takes
part in a personally meaningful activity. What making
does is allow students to become the leaders of their
own projects, not a teacher or parent dictating what
they should be creating. There is personal investment
in the project as they have come up with the idea. We
see this all the time at Maker Saturday, with young
learners passionately dedicated to building something, planning out their project, asking questions
about it, and overcoming challenges while creating. It is this power and energy that we are now seeing
move from Maker Saturday into the daily life at home and school.
We are now seeing Maker become more than something that is just done on Maker Saturdays. It is
weaving itself into the very fabric of our community. We have parents telling us about the things their
sons and daughters are making at home out of recycled water jugs and cardboard, about how they can’t
throw away toilet paper rolls anymore because their daughter was building a new desk using them, and
how they now need their own maker space at home. We are deepening the understanding of the value
of maker and the constructivist approach to learning and shifting mindsets. The engine of Maker
Saturday is an important driver of this shift.
High schoolers build a race car using toilet paper rolls,
wheels and other materials during Maker Saturday