Since the start of DIY tens of thousands of kids have joined and learned new skills. Lots of stop motion videos, duct tape and Minecraft. The community began to buzz when we added social features. Our members now regularly share feedback with each other, and go bonkers whenever someone shares an epic project. While there’s lots of activity online, what’s exciting for us is that most DIY activity is happening offline. They’re building snow caves, directing music videos, and scrambling lots of eggs.
We get it, making is most fun when you’re making with friends. We want to see our members continue making together, to meet offline, and that’s why we’re launching DIY Maker Clubs. A Maker Club can take many shapes - a punk band, robotics team, film crew, or just a group of friends - the possibilities are endless. To help get started we made the Club Maker skill. It’s filled with all the necessary challenges to learn how to organize and lead a group. Club Makers build the teams that tackle epic goals. By combining the skills of many Makers, a Club can reach awesomeness! Parents, mentors, and educators can help by paving the way. Help them find a space to meet regularly, gather tools and materials to enable them, and just keep encouraging them to make.
As the Club Coordinator at DIY I get to support these real life Maker Clubs around the world. If you’re curious about how to get your Maker Club off the ground, or want to share stories about your own Maker Club, I’d love to hear from you.