To be a “maker” is to embrace a culture of experimentation, innovation and creating. Makers are garage inventors, hackers, collaborators, problem solvers and learners.
The idea of “making” has been around for a long time, but the term “maker”--as we understand it currently--came about with the launch of MAKE magazine in 2005. The publication has been devoted to people and projects that bring the do-it-yourself (DIY) mindset to the technology movement.
Coding is an important ingredient in the maker movement. It is the key to programmable microcontrollers, sensors, machines, robotics, and interfaces that connect the physical and digital worlds in ways never before possible. And coding is no longer reserved for professional programmers as today’s modern languages are designed for learners of all ages and for various purposes.
YouthCode embraces the maker movement by hosting ad-hoc gatherings where students and families come together to collaborate and create in a fun, safe, and enabling environment. Participants explore and learn together as they make fun and entertaining projects such as kaleidoscopes and strawkets (rockets made of drinking straws).
YouthCode.gurus also participate in many local maker events to advocate and promote coding and the YouthCode program. Impacting The Next Generation Project was recognized as a 2016 Certified Code Iowa Partner by the Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council.