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Apps and Websites for Makers and Creators
The maker movement has gained steam in recent years, fueled by Make magazine and its Maker Faires. Hands-on creation, however, has a long history in education, from the arts and crafts movement to technical education and shop class to the hacker culture that spawned Apple, Microsoft, and more. Now we're seeing hands-on activities such as robotics, electronics, carpentry, and even software development become a bigger part of schools -- some are even building "makerspaces." There's no doubt that making something from scratch is a core component of learning, requiring confidence, imagination, and ingenuity while building conceptual understanding. Maker and DIY-focused apps and websites can be a huge help, providing students with scaffolding and schematics for their next project or as tools to use for design and creation.