Facts about the rise of the maker movement

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Electronics maker company littleBits has created a new infographic, in collaboration with Getting Smart, designed to show the rise of the maker movement and its explosive growth, which has become a worldwide phenomenon.

Some takeaways:

  • Maker faires –“part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new” — can be found on every continent and region on Earth, although most are concentrated in Europe and North America.
  • This year, more than a million attendees are expected at maker faires. In 2006, there were only 22,000.
  • More than 1,100 hackerspaces and 400 fab labs are open around the world.
  • In 2014, President Obama declared June 18 as the National Day of Making, later expanded to a Week of Making.
  • The growth of the movement is attributable to a perfect storm of economic, social, and technological factors, such as simple DIY making tech and potential business opportunities.

The whole infographic is available online.





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Stephen Noonoo

Stephen Noonoo is a former editor of eSchool News. He has served as a consultant for CUE, California’s ISTE affiliate, and as managing editor of its quarterly publication, OnCUE. He has worked as a freelance writer, an education editor for SmartBrief newsletters, and as a staff editor for a well-known publication focusing on education technology.