This morning over breakfest I had the chance to watch Adam Savage’s great talk from Maker Faire, about why we make:
A lot of what he says really resonates with me, and I’m sure a lot of other makers. I remember late nights at the hackerspace in grad school, slaving over a hot laser cutter to fabricate some fantastic machine that I’d dreamed up that morning and designed in the afternoon, and really needed to get out of my brain and into the real world to see it real, see how it worked — a sort of sketching in plastic and in gears and in code. The story is very much the same with the Science Tricorders, though the process a lot longer because of their complexity. I’ve been developing them for years, but more than that, I /can’t help/ but develop them. It’s almost like we’re compelled, as makers, and scientists, and Tricorder builders — there’s so much we have to see, so much we have to know.
At about 17:30 in the video, Adam speaks about project-based education — something I feel very strongly about — and gives a shout out to building your own fully functional Tricorders from Star Trek!