Making is the process by which we interpret objects, situations, and discourses. This process is rooted in our personal histories, cultural resources, and identities. In other words, making is a fundamental part of learning. The Internet has made it possible to create and share prototypes and iterate quickly. This new way of making has enormous potential for all of us.
While traditional K-12 education systems are based on standards of ability and knowledge, making projects are largely open-ended and playful. They give students a chance to apply and express their newly acquired skills, whether through functional inventions or playful projects. Additionally, the process of making encourages students to ask questions and promotes rich learning experiences that are hard to measure in tests.