Making the engineers of the future


Maker: Dorothy Jones-Davis, co-organizer, DC Mini Maker Faire

Proudest Maker Moment: “Seeing a kid’s face light up as they made a paper circuit light up!”

As a scientist, Dorothy Jones-Davis sees the Maker Movement as a great way to introduce STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) to kids of all backgrounds. But for Jones-Davis, the maker movement is also personal.

“Most of my making is with my five year old daughter,” say Jones-Davis. “She’s really into art and design, so we look for ways to make that blend art and story-telling with STEM concepts.”

In her current position as an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the National Science Foundation, Jones-Davis spends a lot of time thinking about ways to introduce engineering to kids who aren’t naturally drawn to STEM subjects.

“A lot of kids don’t know what engineering is,” says Jones-Davis. “Making can help expose them to different types of activities an engineer might do, making it easier for them to picture themselves as engineers.”

According to Jones-Davis, events like Maker Faires can help by getting kids to start thinking about careers in science and engineering sooner.

“The more pathways we can create to STEM fields, and the earlier we can create them, the better,” says Jones- Davis.


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