The Bradford Young Makers Club (BYMC), sponsored by the Bradford Public Library, strives to develop the confidence and capability of local 11-14 year olds through the process of ‘making’. Inspired by the Maker Education Initiative, our mentors will utilize a variety of technology and educational tools providing opportunities to broaden both hard and soft skills. BYMC aims to serve as a positive influence for participating youth as well as adult mentors, fostering cross-generational relationships throughout the community.
An Excerpt from Young Makers
“In collaboration with Tony DeRose of Pixar, Maker Media, and the Exploratorium, the Young Makers program started as a pilot group, meeting at the Exploratorium in San Francisco with about 20 kids in its first year in 2010. Tony had been asking, ‘How can we give more kids the opportunity to make things and bring them to exhibit at events like Maker Faire?’ He and his family were looking to provide a similar opportunity to others. The Young Makers program is different than robotics competitions and science fairs. In particular, there are no winners and losers, just fantastic makers and learners who innovate and collaborate to create something great. Projects are cross-disciplinary and youth-driven; anything that’s cool is fair game.” (An excerpt from History of Young Makers)
An Excerpt from Maker Education Initiative
“Maker Ed’s mission is to create more opportunities for all young people to develop confidence, creativity, and spark an interest in science, technology, engineering, math, the arts, and learning as a whole through making. We want young people to grow and eventually lead the maker movement.” (An excerpt from About the Maker Education Initiative)