Do you think that the experience varies when makers are creating something purely out of their own imagination versus recreating pop culture they are interested in? Why or why not?
The experience of making something from our own imagination versus something from pop culture is the same. It’s not where the ideas start that matter, but whether or not we can make it with our own hands. In Make magazine’s “Why the Maker Movement is Here to Stay” it states, “the DIY and Maker Movements… are filled with people who want to figure out how to make or do stuff on their own, rather than purchasing prepackaged goods or services.” (p.2)
The Adam Savage Maker Faire talk was very entertaining. I loved Adam’s story when he talked about wanting to be Han Solo with the Millennium Falcon. He took old refrigerator boxes, painted his closet black, and hung Christmas lights. He took something he loved about pop culture and truly made it his own. At that moment, sitting in a dark closet, he was Han Solo riding around in space on the Millennium Falcon. Boys and girls have always wanted to imitate their favorite superheroes, movie characters, dolls, and cartoon characters. This encourages hands-on play. It is the best type of play, whatever the inspiration.
Adam also mentioned that a decade ago, people could earn an engineering degree without ever having to build something. We were starting to lose our love for using our hands. Our toys kept getting smarter and did the playing for us, making us a group of playtime observers. At that point, we were too far away from a hands-on experience. Now we are getting back to our roots, working with our hands, and making things that are personal. “…the Maker Movement…gives their participants a sense of belonging to a larger spirit of building and sharing the things they’re passionate about, and expressing themselves through the things they create.” (Make, p. 4) Instead of focusing on the type of hands-on learning that is best, let’s make sure that participatory learning continues to be celebrated in our culture, no matter where the inspiration begins.