"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.