This got me on a path of thinking about other makerspace role models. My thoughts immediately go to other 80’s and 90’s pop culture icons who were known for making inventions that inspired us. Remember Data, from the Goonies? He invented a lot of crazy contraptions out of common items. His inventions were so impressive that they’ve even dedicated a website to it - relive the Pinchers of Peril! Kids can also learn a lesson about failure from Wile E. Coyote, Super Genius, as he plans out his designs and often has to build and improve upon his original prototypes. An important makerspace reminder: FAIL, First Attempt In Learning.
As I was reliving the media memories of my youth, I wondered, “Where are the girls at?” I stretched my brain and came up empty of a girl or woman who was showcased as an inventor, creator or super genius in my beloved sitcoms and movies.
So, I turned my thoughts to icons of today and wanted to introduce you to the ultimate and awesome makerspace role model.
Super Awesome Slyvia could be a student in your class, who inspires you and their classmates to embrace their creative and unique self. As you prepare for the start of the next school year, I hope you take steps to lay the foundation for making for your students, by providing opportunities and experiences and time for them to explore their maker side.
Who inspires you? Is there someone I’ve forgotten? Let me know in the comments section.
~Amber Bridge, Technology Consultant, Grant Wood AEA, (@abridgesmith)
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