Who are the DS Makers?
Duke School Makers is a community of makers who share knowledge, tools, ideas, and creativity. During our after school club, students are engaged in self-directed projects. We have students who craft, felt, take apart machines, build catapults, code, create stop motion animations, create documentaries, and generally explore anything that sparks their interest. We believe that creative proximity, accomplishments, and failures lead to new ideas and discoveries.
What makes a Maker?
- "Makers believe that if you can imagine it, you can make it. We see ourselves as more than consumers—we are productive; we are creative. Everyone is a Maker, and our world is what we make it.
- Makers seek out opportunities to learn to do new things, especially through hands-on, DIY (do-it-yourself) interactions.
- Makers surprise and delight those who see their projects, even though the projects can be a bit rough-edged, messy and, at times, over-stimulating. (Think punk rock.)
- Makers comprise a community of creative and technical people that help one another do better. They are open, inclusive, encouraging and generous in spirit.
- Makers are generally not in it for the money. This isn’t about filing patents or making a profit. At the same time, we’re not anti-commercial—Makers sometimes start businesses, and we celebrate that…but we don’t make it a focus as it would change the spirit of the movement.
- Makers celebrate other Makers — what they make, how they make it and the enthusiasm and passion that drives them.
- The typical project made by a Maker does not provide a platform for politics or religion."
Questions? Please contact Katie Christo