maker-movementSomething happened when technology became so cheap that getting a new TV, DVR player, heck, even new clothes–was cheaper than fixing the broken or torn one.

The creative, tinkering brain atrophied, and quite logically, people began to think they couldn’t solve the problems they see in the world, says Leigh Mansberg, assistant head at St. Mary’s Episcopal School.

That mentality is caving in at the private East Memphis school, where two computer labs (obsolete now that every student has her own laptop) have been turned into “makerspaces”–Spartan, industrialized work areas designed so they can be swept clean and ready for the next burst of creativity.

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