I’ve tried approaching this book like a project in the makerspace. First, I want to think about the big ideas of the project. What are the critical elements to consider? What should the goal of the project be? Once I’ve established some clear goals and feel like I have a handle on the big ideas, I start thinking about the skills I need to accomplish them. What techniques must I draw on to begin working strategically on the project? What methods should I use to organize myself and my tools? What are the most significant constraints of the project, and how should I make sure I can deal with them?

Eventually, there comes a time when the project kicks into gear. I would love to say that the prep and thinking create ...

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