The concept of making is as old as human civilization itself. Since the Renaissance, people have been making things with their hands for a variety of purposes. For example, artists and craftsmen have created many objects and tools for their daily lives. People have also used making to create art, music, and films. Today, there are many ways to make things, including making your own.
While formal K-12 education systems are based on standards of knowledge and ability, making projects are open-ended, playful, and hands-on, allowing students to use newly learned skills to create useful inventions. This process encourages students to ask questions and is a valuable source of rich learning experiences that are difficult to quantify on a test.