Maketec is a youth center for digital-making located at Beit-Ariela public Library in Tel Aviv. The Maketec model is designed to promote making and socializing opportunities for girls and boys of ages 9-14. The Maketec model is based on three underlying principles: (1) “Low Floor/Wide Walls”: careful selection of construction kits and digital fabrication technologies that allow kids to invent & create with no prior knowledge or expertise; (2) “Unstructured learning”: scaffolding mechanisms are carefully planned in order to empower visitors to create whatever they want; and (3) “A Makerspace as a Third Place”: the Maketec is managed by kids for kids in an effort to form a unique community of young makers.

Maketec’s guiding principles are heavily inspired by constructionist thinkers. Our focus is on forming a sustainable model that empowers children to take their first step as makers with minimum dependency on formal instructors or classes.

 

With the help of trained supervisors and high school mentors, the center gives children the opportunity to imagine and create projects that blend the physical and digital worlds together. Maketec strives to create a fun and educational environment that encourages today’s youth to see themselves not just as consumers but as active creators of tomorrow’s technology.

Maketec’s vision is to alter the way every child interacts with technology. Through hands-on projects, the young generation will acquire the knowledge and confidence necessary to invent and create the 21st-century.

 

Maketec’s mission is to encourage the children to explore new domains by making the latest physical-digital technologies accessible. Through a safe environment and trial and error, children will learn to view technology as a tool for creation and not just consumption

Role: Project manager

Team members:Dr. Oren Zuckerman (Founder), Noa Morag, David bar-El, Daphna Sapir, Shahaf Rilski, Yasmin Keats, Aviv Sherif, Ofir Sadaka & Neta Ofer

Low-Floor Technologies

We carefully researched and selected “Low Floor/Wide Walls” construction kits and digital fabrication technologies. These easy to start kits, allow kids to invent and create with no prior knowledge or expertise. Also, after starting, children are adjusting their learning paste and gaining self-efficacy and growth mindset.

The Mentors

The Maketec is managed by kids for kids as an effort to form a unique community of young makers. Each year we recruit and train 20 teen mentors from the community to be mentors and collaborators of the maketec young makers.