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ART, little girl with totem poleJune 17-23, 2016 is the National Week of Making! During this week, organizations and individuals across the country are coming together to celebrate making, creating, innovating, and tinkering.

And, to commemorate this year’s National Week of Making, the White House will be announcing new actions by organizations, as well as by recognizing individuals who are making significant contributions to Making and the Maker Movement.

What is the Maker Movement?

According to Gary Stager in “What’s the Maker Movement and Why Should I Care?” The shift to “making” represents the perfect storm of new technological materials, expanded opportunities, learning through firsthand experience, and the basic human impulse to create. It offers the potential to make classrooms more child-centered: relevant and more sensitive to each child’s remarkable capacity for intensity.

Making is predicated on the desire that we all have to exert agency over our lives, to solve our own problems. It recognizes that knowledge is a consequence of experience, and it seeks to democratize access to a vast range of experience and expertise so that each child can engage in authentic problem solving.”

Empowering students to create, innovate, and turn their ideas into reality is at the heart of the Maker Movement.

Why is making important?

Traditionally, schools have undervalued kinesthetic learning. Kinesthetic learning (or tactile learning) is a learning style in which takes place by the students carrying out physical activities, rather than listening to a lecture or watching demonstrations. The Maker Movement shows us the value of learning with the head, heart, and hands.

There are many ways that educators and parents alike can nurture “making” forms of expression: creating videos, collages, dioramas, or dances are just a few examples.  The tools used are less important than what is produced and the intellectual processes employed.

Make it… today! 2016 Capitol Hill Maker Faire is June 21

The Capitol Hill Maker Faire on June 21 celebrates Making as a part of the National Week of Making, June 17-23. It will be a fun and interactive event for members of the public, members of Congress, and staff.

Hosted by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, in collaboration with the Congressional Maker Caucus, the event explores the movement that is changing the face of informal learning at community institutions and is breathing new life and innovation into American manufacturing.

The event is free and open to the public.

Preceding the Faire, there will a series of panel discussions with leaders of the Maker movement discussing its impact on the economy, education, and community development.

If your child a Kinesthetic Learner…

The kinesthetic student learns by doing. This student is often labeled a fidgeter and is generally not successful when long stretches of quiet time or listening are required. By recognizing and understanding your child’s dominant learning style, you can implement the strategies that will truly help him learn faster, retain more information, and generally feel more confident about school.

Resources for your Kinesthetic Learner:

Arts and Creative Projects:

Models, dioramas, experiments:

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