Meet a Maker: Bobby Raggazino

This profile is part of a blog series called Meet a Maker, where we’re highlighting the experiences and insights of maker educators in Maker Ed’s programs.

Bobby shows off his e-textile creation

The Basics

Full Name: Robert Thomas Raggazino, but most people call me Bobby or Ragz

Maker Ed Program, Site Name & Site Location: Maker Corps, The Maker Jawn Initiative at The Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Hometown: Dresher, PA (Philadelphia Suburb)

Background: BA in Geography

Quirky Identifier: Inappropriately timed eclectic dance moves

Bobby explains ArtBots to a curious audience.

 Q&A with Bobby

What is your earliest memory of making?

In kindergarten, my friends and I used to make two dimensional lasers and swords. I can remember having battles with them wishing so badly that I could have a machine that could make them real. It’s kind of come full circle now that I get to tinker with 3D printers!

What aspect of making excites you the most? 

My favorite aspect of making is the idea of taking ownership; of going from merely a user of something, be it a bicycle, a computer, a sweater, and becoming an owner and designer.

What is your favorite making project and/or tool at the moment?

My favorite tool right now is the rotary cutter for cardboard, it’s amazing!

What is the most positive experience you’ve had so far in your program? 

My most positive experience was one of my first weeks and The Free Library. We had a “Tinkering Tuesday” session to collaborate on the e-textiles challenge. It was a lot of fun and ended with me and another Maker Mentor covered in more lights that a christmas tree.

If you could give one piece of advice to other educators, what would it be?

Keep it real! As a student, I always appreciate a teacher who is honest and down to earth.

BONUS QUESTION: If you could have dinner with any person, living or dead, who would you choose and why?

Ben Franklin because he’s a scientist, inventor, and a Philly local.

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