From Geek to Chic: Our Nation's Most Innovative Makers

April 9, 2015 6:07 PM

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If I were to ask you if you are a maker, what would your response be? I recently saw a commercial that used this term to seemingly appeal to people's sense of identity. As a designer of children's science and creativity-based programs, maker is a popular buzzword in my world, but I find it exciting to know that it has seeped its way into common vernacular. From self-esteem boosting to problem-solving skill building, making is a natural part of a child's (and willing adult's) development.

Makers can be thought of as the do-it-yourself-types who value the power of activities such as designing, prototyping, fabricating, coding and creating. They have transformed geek into something very chic (SHēk). For more than 40 years, the National Inventors Hall of Fame® (NIHF) has been celebratin...

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