Who We Are

This video was made possible by the generous support of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and Google. Special thanks to East Bay School for Boys for providing a location!

Our Organization
Maker Ed is a national non-profit organization that provides educators and institutions with the training, resources, and community of support they need to create engaging, inclusive, and motivating learning experiences through maker education.

Our Vision
Every Child a Maker: We envision every young person having equitable access to engaging learning experiences that collectively develop their skills, knowledge, and ways of thinking, and that recognize and value their ability to experience and influence their world.

Our Mission
Maker Ed provides educators and institutions with the training, resources, and community of support they need to create engaging, inclusive, and motivating learning experiences through maker-centered education. We work to make it possible for every educator in America – particularly those in underserved communities – to facilitate interactive, student-driven, and open-ended learning experiences for youth.

Our Values

  • Access and Equity: We believe in understanding, valuing, and responding to the knowledge, skills, and needs of others, and providing opportunities for all to participate.
  • Community: We value teamwork and collaboration, building relationships and connecting with others, and supporting one another to achieve common goals.
  • Empowerment: We ensure that people have the resources and support they need to voice and act on their unique thoughts, choices, and ideas.
  • Learning to Learn: We feel there needs to be more focus on the process of learning, recognizing a diversity of approaches, while still honoring the importance of certain outcomes.

Our Strategy

To achieve our mission, we employ four strategies:

  • Building local maker communities. We support local partners to strengthen their making programming and ensure that multiple institutions in their area – both formal and informal – have the capacity to engage in making.
  • Leveraging networks to spread maker education. We pursue partnerships with organizations that have strong regional and national influence to scale our impact.
  • Creating community, fostering connections, and curating resources. We foster relationships between educators and institutions and share key learnings from our work in order to further the field.
  • Broadcasting the value of maker education. We aim to share our own work and that of the broader maker educator community to raise awareness, appreciation, and interest in maker education.

Our Theory of Change

Too many youth lack the opportunity for learning experiences that engage and motivate them to develop a passion for learning. Many of today’s youth are not developing the essential qualities, knowledge, and skills they need to face their rapidly changing and challenging world, including how to think critically, how to solve problems, and how to work effectively with others.

Given that our educational system will be slow and difficult to change, we believe that if

  • youth are physically and emotionally well and are motivated to learn;
  • educators have the training, resources, frame of mind, and support they need;
  • youth have a supportive community that values and promotes learning; and
  • learning environments are safe, sound, and responsive to learners’ different needs;

then

  • educators will facilitate engaging learning experiences;
  • youth will participate in learning experiences that excite and motivate them;
  • learning experiences will celebrate and develop learners’ unique qualities; and
  • youth will have fun, build confidence, and become passionate about learning.

By enabling educators to use maker education – with a particular focus on those in underserved communities – we believe Maker Ed can help them transform their learning environments and together we can reach thousands of youth of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities.