On this week’s Maker Parent Happy (1/2) Hour Dale Dougherty talks with Gever Tulley of Tinkering School about maker education, how to motivate people to experiment and fail and try again, and how to communicate the maker mindset and have fun doing it.
Dale first developed and launched Make:magazine in 2005, and Maker Faire in 2006, while at O’Reilly Media
where he had worked since 1984 as an editor of computing books. Dale’s vision and mission continue to be the guiding force for the maker movement and its personal impact on improving education and empowering more people to see themselves as creators and innovators using the tools and skills practiced by hobbyists as well as professionals. He wrote the book “Free to Make
” in 2016 to provide deeper insight into the ideas and people behind the maker movement.
Gever Tulley is an author, speaker, and computer scientist. In 2005, he founded Tinkering School
, afterschool and summer programs involving the use of real tools, materials, and problems to encourage students’ love of learning, curiosity about the world, tenacity to think big, and persistence to do amazing things. Most recently in 2011, Gever created Brightworks
, a K-12 private school in San Francisco where students explore an idea from multiple perspectives with the help of real-world experts, tools, and experiences; collaborate on projects driven by their curiosity; and share their findings with the world. Rather than tests, grades, and homework, Brightworks supports students as they create a detailed portfolio of their work. Gever is also the author of Fifty Dangerous Things (You Should Let Your Children Do)
, an activity book for children and parents to use for exploring the world around them, and Beware Dangerism!: Why We Worry About the Wrong Things and What It’s Doing to Our Kids
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