Today I had the privilege of visiting the kids at KIPP South Fulton Academy to see the SteamTruck and Jason Martin in action. There is something overwhelmingly gratifying in the idea of ‘making’. Even as adults, taking things apart and putting them back together – or creating new things entirely using only available materials seems to feed an inner desire to create. This is clearly built into our DNA and explains why “making” is such a powerful learning mechanism for kids. Making is nothing new — “Makerspaces” are just how we contextualize it today.
Jason has been running 6 week programs. He visits schools twice a week and facilitates one hour sessions where the kids work together to make things out of wood, metal, paper and electronics. While they do this, they ask questions – plenty of questions and that’s when the magic happens.