Why Make?

By AnnMarie Thomas

Engineer Educator

Last year, I took a friend to her first Maker Faire. We walked around looking at projects and exhibits, and she had a question for me: “Why?” She was impressed by what she saw, but really curious about the motivation behind it. Why do makers make?

The projects you flip through in this magazine aren’t typically part of someone’s job or homework assignment. Rather, making is so often the result of intrinsic motivation. Many makers spend countless hours in the library, lab, garage, or makerspace working, alone or in a group, on projects that no one has told them to take on. Projects that, truth be told, may never work. Projects that likely have no due date, no entry rules, and no complete ...

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