Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow, Lamar County Technical Center
What does it mean to be a maker?
As a Maker I create a physical representation of an idea or design. Sometimes I create something that solves a problem. Other times I create for fun.
Makers love the challenge of creation. Most of the time, the first design does not work. Makers often go through redesign several times before perfecting a creation.
Makers also like to both teach and learn. It's a life-long process. They keep up with changes in technology and have become masters at "learning to learn".
Makers also believe in social change. Makers very often are found improving the communities that they live in.
What are you doing in the Maker community?
I currently serve as the Maker Caucus Fellow in the office of Congressman Mark Takano, one of the co-chairs of the Congressional Maker Caucus. I help organize events and briefings, catalog Makerspaces and their districts, and research all aspects of the Maker movement to keep the Maker Caucus informed. I am currently working on organizing the Capitol Hill Maker Faire.
I am also teaching as many people as I can the joy and ease of designing with TinkerCAD, a program that is an easy introduction to Computer Aided Design. I also design and 3D print trinkets.
Who are some other Makers you admire and why?
My father, Jesse Burge, taught me how to work in a wood shop. He has been hand building acoustic guitars since the 1970's. He also rebuilds John Deere tractors. He never runs into a problem he won't try to fix and he never gives up on a project until it's just right.
My mother, Elaine Burge, taught me how to sew and helps with all of my sewing projects. She taught herself how to use a computer, and learned how to scan, edit and recreate old pictures. She taught me that girls can be anything they want to be.