Admittedly, this is the first summer class I’ve ever enrolled in, and I was not very happy about ending that streak. However, looking back on the last two months I’m really glad I chose this class even though it’s going to render all future summer courses inadequate. Not only was the class unique and fun, but I also gained invaluable skills and began a life-long commitment to making. Before this course, I considered making to be somewhat mysterious and certainly beyond my expertise. I never would have considered the possibility of owning my own Arduino or learning how to use a 3D printer. Now, I have the confidence and the basic skills to at the very least attempt to make, hack, and remix, and I’m looking forward to continue expanding my knowledge.
I believe the most important aspect of the maker movement is the mindset. Without the confidence and the drive to be a maker, it’s nearly impossible to motivate yourself to tackle a project. In order to provide the community with the opportunity to build their confidence, libraries must expose people to the ideology and manifestations of the maker movement. I never would have considered myself capable of designing my own video game in Scratch or creating an object in a CAD program without gaining awareness of amateurs like me that have not only done those things but expanded even further simply by exploring and reaching out in their community. I hope that through library involvement, maker spaces can move beyond the “boys’ club” stereotype and provide access to the tools and expertise need for anyone to become a maker.
And, any class where I can learn how to brew wine is never a bad one.