We’ve been following the “Maker Movement” fairly closely here at RML, the idea that new technologies are allowing us to design and produce our ideas much more cheaply and quickly, allowing for more experimentation, tinkering and iteration. From a learning context, that’s all good.
Now, the MIT Admissions Department has become the first to actually make “making” a part of their application process, adding a new Maker Portfolio supplement for those kids who want to “submit information about a diverse set of projects they have participated in.”
Why is this so important? As the article suggests:
“It’s a signal that the kinds of learning experiences that are gained through making can be recognized and valued in education, as they should be. It also serves as a reminder that the kind of informal learning that happens outside of school is important, and should be considered alongside achievements in formal education.”
And by the way, if you’re on the East Coast of the US in a couple of weeks, you may want to make your way to MakerFaire in NYC. Take it from us…it’s awesome!