DARPA is funding the creation of 1,000 Makerspaces in high schools across the country to get American kids interested in making things again.
“We have to move from an engine of bureaucracy to an engine of innovation,” said Undersecretary of Education Martha Kanter, announcing this week that at least 1,000 high schools around the country will be opening up Makerspaces over the next four years…
It’s sort of a mashup of a shop class, a computer lab, an art class, and maybe a bio lab.
…There’s some pretty heavy national goals riding on this initiative: getting American kids excited about science, math and technology again and fostering a spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship. “I feel we’re at this point in time where people are looking for some substantial change in education,” says Dale. “And I want to be that new thing.”
(ht smarterplanet ht futuramb)