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Extension & The Maker Movement

We are at the beginning of the largest explosion of creativity and innovation the world has ever seen. The nature of making things is changing. Technology has begun to make creating easy enough that everyone can make. Easier access to knowledge, capital and markets is expanding the Maker Movement and cheap, powerful, and easy-to-use tools play an important role. 

As society advanced, many of the skills taught by Extension, such as sewing, resources, and blueprints for farm buildings, were considered less relevant and not taught as frequently. In addition to Extension reducing efforts in home economics and industrial arts, public schools have also lessened their efforts to teach "Shop and Home Economics." Today, however, a growing Maker Movement provides Extension an opportunity to engage with a new audience interested in many of the resource-rich topics Extension has already developed.

 

Presenters

Paul Hill, Dave Francis

Created by Paul Hill

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