It is human nature to make. Students have always made things. As educators, however, we haven’t always leveraged this natural disposition. The adoption of a maker philosophy capitalizes on students’ innate curiosity about the world and how things work in order to consciously cultivate creativity and problem solving skills.
Maker spaces are the perfect venue to embrace existentialist philosophies. If you believe that we have the freedom and choice to drive our existence then the world of making empowers young people to try this out. Making is an act of empowerment. Children learn that they are in charge of their lives and that they have the power to change it. As Jean Paul Sartre stated, “At first [Man] is nothing. Only afterward will he be something, and he himself will have made what he will be.” We use the maker space and the maker movement to give students the chance to develop their ability to make and shape their world while exploring possibilities to consider aspects for personal fulfillment.