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makermom e1399422367952 Two Maker Moms Discuss the Importance of Making for Kids

Here at MakerKids makerspace for kids in Toronto, we know that behind every Maker Kid is a Maker Mom, and this week (being the week of Mother’s Day) we are celebrating Maker Moms even more than usual (we always try to celebrate them). Here are two great videos from Maker Moms we have met, telling us how they foster making with their kids.

The first is from Julie Williams-Hudy, the mother of Joey Hudy — an awesome 16-year-old maker we met at Maker Faire Rome, who created a marshmallow cannon that he got to shoot in the White House with President Obama. Joey and Julie have been kind enough to donate products to MakerKids, including the awesome Maker Mom stickers from MAKE pictured above.

The second video is from Karen Mikuni (who we also met at Maker Faire Rome), mother of Quin Etnyre — a 13-year-old CEO of his own maker company, Qtechknow.

We have two opportunities this week for kids to make presents for Mom at our space before Mother’s Day: Open Make on Friday from 4:30-7:30pm, and Open Make on Saturday from 11am-2pm. Details and registration are available here and here. We will also be at Intel Family Day at Digifest this weekend, doing a robotics workshop and a free 3D printing booth. Kids can come 3D print something for their Mom for free! 

Jennifer Turliuk

Jennifer Turliuk

Jennifer Turliuk is the Co-Executive Director (Business) & Chief Happiness Officer at MakerKids. Jennifer’s work has been featured in the New York Times, Forbes, Huffington Post, Fast Company, CBS national TV, and more. Her career highlights include doing marketing and PR for the Matterform 3D Scanner crowdfunding campaign (which raised over $471K – the most-funded Indiegogo campaign outside the US), helping build a 3D printer for a music video, launching an SMS-based disaster relief project during Hurricane Sandy, being selected as a Startup Chile entrepreneur (as part of a program run by the Government of Chile to foster entrepreneurship locally), creating her own self-education program which involved being 1 of the top 6 finalists in a competition to shadow Dave McClure of 500 Startups, leading the Canadian launch of Tide Pods (P&G’s biggest launch in 27 years), running Canada’s largest business plan competition (the Queen’s Entrepreneurs’ Competition), writing one of Forbes Greatest Hits articles, speaking on a panel discussion with Peter Thiel (founder of Paypal), doing a TEDx talk in Spanish, being invited to join MaiTai (a group of pro kiteboarders and entrepreneurs), and DJing for Red Bull. She attended the Graduate Studies Program at NASA’s Singularity University and business school at Queen’s University. In her spare time, she does independent marketing and strategy consulting and enjoys salsa dancing, extreme sports (such as kiteboarding), improv, 3D printing, and building electronic creations. Follow her on Twitter: @jenniferturliuk.


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