Quick Look: Do-it-Yourself Learning Goes to School

"There's real value in doing these 'making' projects in a social setting like a school," says Dale Dougherty, founder of Maker Faire, to be held in the Bay Area on May 19-20. "It connects you to other people. You build up a social reputation as a maker. You're building and learning from one another, learning how people approach solving a problem." Read more about the new Learning Pavilion at the main event this year.


Sebastopol sophomore Jessie Davidson wouldn't call herself a nerd. A year ago, she wasn't really comfortable using a screwdriver. But since September, as part of her regular high school curriculum, she's learned how to wield a soldering iron, wire up a circuit and write some code.

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