Everyone's a Maker!

Dan Schneiderman

Who here considers themselves a Maker?

What do you think of when you think of the Maker movement?

3D Printers?

Arduinos & Raspberry Pis?

It is all of those things and more including:

The maker movement is everything DIY, tinkering, and people making things

Who here considers themselves a maker?

Everyone is a maker!

What do you make?

  • Solving problems
  • Design doing
  • Prototyping
  • Experimenting
  • Making mistakes
  • Always learning
  • Cross-generational
  • Sharing
  • Play

Maker Mindset

“So how can you get started making things?”

1. Makerspaces

Physical locations where communities share tools and help each other make things

Community Makerspaces

Library Makerspace

K-12 Makerspace

College Makerspace


Pop Up or Mobile

Makerspaces in Rochester

  • Rochester Makerspace
  • Interlock Rochester
  • Adaspace
  • Monroe County Library System
  • Sew Green Rochester
  • Genesee Center for the Arts
  • Phelps Library
  • The Construct @ RIT
  • Rettner Hall @ U of R

2. Start Making at Home



Duct tape

Recycled Materials

Taking Things Apart

Basic Supplies

  • Cardboard
  • Basic electronics
    • Batteries
    • Wire
    • LEDs
    • Resistors
  • Duct Tape
  • Glue
  • Wood
  • PVC
  • Assorted screws
  • Recyclables

3. Invest in Basic Tools

Basic Things

  • Good knife
  • Hot glue gun
  • Soldering Iron
  • Drill
  • Screwdriver
  • Wrench Set
  • Safety glasses
  • Gloves
  • Pliers
  • Sewing Kit
  • Hand Saws

Buy Later

  • Raspberry Pi
  • Arduinos
  • 3D Printer
  • CNC Machine
  • Sewing Machine

4. Look for Inspiration

Imagine RIT

Maker Faires

Greatest Show & Tell on Earth

Rochester Mini Maker Faire

November 18th, 2017

10+ Maker Faires NYS

Buffalo Mini Maker Faire is tomorrow!

School Maker Faire

Inspiration Online

  • Arduino Projects
  • Hack a Day
  • Reddit
  • Exploratorium
  • Hackster.io
  • Public Labs
  • YouTube
  • Adafruit
  • Make Magazine
  • Instructables
  • Pinterest
  • Etsy
  • Thingiverse
  • Kickstarter

Tips for Making

1. Make something, Anything

2. Prototype often

3. Measure Twice, Cut Once

4. Use a project to learn a skill

5. Ask for help and search for mentors

6. Share your methods and projects:

Open Source!

7. Failure happens

8. Make things to give to other people

9. Making can be serious or for fun

10. Look at materials in unusual ways

11. Make Messes

12. Build with the Community

13. Always Be Curious

“It doesn’t matter what you make and it doesn’t matter why. The importance is that you are making something.” - Maker Faire Bay Area 2012


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