As part of early planning for the makerspace, the Learning Studio produced a short documentary on the Maker Movement to spark conversation on campus about the value of “learning by doing.” Many students and faculty helped shape these early discussions, but the film gave us an opportunity to hear from key voices thinking about the impact of making in different contexts—in community centers and libraries, in education and museums, and in hackerspaces and online.

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We also had an opportunity to write for a couple important blogs this summer alongside the summer release of We Are Makers. If you’d like some detail on the film, here are those links.

Nathan Driskell, “We Are Makers: Documenting a Burgeoning Movement,” Core77 Blog, July 23, 2013

Kyle Dickson, “We Are Makers Seeks to Explain the Maker Movement,” Make Magazine Blog, July 3, 2013

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Special Thanks

We’ve already had a chance to thank those who welcomed us into their makerspaces and workshops while shooting in Austin and NYC, but we did want a chance to share a few of the Abilene connections.

  • thanks to Michael Daugherity and the department of Engineering and Physics for return visits to film their 3D printer and begin thinking about its future impact
  • Sandy Freeman welcomed us into the ACU Theatre Costume Shop where Amanda Martin made a dress on the spot
  • we spent a great afternoon with James Langford dusting off our macro lenses to shoot tools in his shop
  • Megan May in the library not only shared her lightening-fast knitting but also introduced us to student maker Brittany Bunch who is both an Etsy seller (at Projects for Bliss) and a part-time Disney princess
  • Evan Young helped edit the additional footage for wearemakers.org while Matt and Nathan were heads-down on the final film
  • and finally Elvis Sanchez who worked with Nathan to score the transitions in the film with stunning work on a tight deadline

The production of the film itself just reminded us how many makers surround us here in Abilene, making this a logical spot to open a makerspace of our own.