Maker Education is learning by making. Platform Maker Education gives an impuls to the bottom-up maker education movement in The Netherlands. It aims to share knowledge and information, map the different activities in The Netherlands and to make learning materials available.
Making has gained new meaning in today's society. Through the rise of the Internet, new making principles have been established. These principles are based on openness, transparency, and social connectedness. New professions arise on the boundary between virtual and physical reality. Enter, the crafts of the new century and the next phase of the digital revolution. With the advent of digital fabrication, physical products can now be created from digital files. Of course, human beings also want to give meaning to, and personalize their own products. When people are able to actively shape their environment, awareness of their actions increases. Thus, ownership and responsibility for the environment and life are likely to increase as well.
"What I hear, I forget. What I see, I remember. What I do, I understand."
With this statement, Confucius illustrated an important principle 2,500 years ago: we understand the world better if we actively participate in it. In creating, we meet the world. We gain new experiences through creation, and learn about what works (and what does not). Making, therefore, leads to knowledge, insights, and opportunities.
Initiators of Platform Maker Education
Initiators of the platform are Arjan van de Meij from The Hague (De Populier school), Jeroen de Boer of Frysklab/FabLab Benelux and Karien Vermeulen of Waag Society. They are doing maker projects for some years now, like FabKlas, the website www.makered.nl, the mobile FabLab of Frysklab, FabSchool and more recently the Teacher Maker Camp.
The Platform Maker Education is supported by the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture.