Dr. Sanjay Gupta Of CNN Visits MAKE

Dr. Sanjay Gupta, of CNN, came to the MAKE HQ in Sebastopol today. He got to meet our team of interns and see our work at Make: Labs. He and I recorded an interview and we did several demos of making in action for the program. Dr. Gupta, who is a surgeon, said that he was a tinkerer as a kid and wished he had more of it in school. So, safe to say, Sanjay understood what’s happening at MAKE. We did the Squishy Circuits project and the Supercap racer as well as showcasing the MakerBot printer and other tools we use in the lab. Gupta met the students of the Project: Make class, which were in session. He could see how excited students were to be engaged in the process of making.

I showed Dr. Gupta old torn copies of Popular Mechanics and how MAKE is an updated version of what those old magazines once offered. When I said that today’s hackers were much like those tinkerers in the past — wanting to know how things work and taking them apart to do new things with them — he understood what we meant by “hacking.” He said that even as a surgeon, he needs to be able to hack tools. I was especially proud to show Dr. Gupta the current “DIY Superhuman” issue of MAKE, which features surgical roboticist, Carol Reilly and many cool projects that involve science and making.

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Dr. Gupta is the host of the The Next List on CNN and an episode of the show about MAKE and me will air on CNN Sunday, February 12th, 2pm EST.

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Read Dale’s article How to Make More Makers on the CNN website.

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DALE DOUGHERTY is the leading advocate of the Maker Movement. He founded Make: Magazine 2005, which first used the term “makers” to describe people who enjoyed “hands-on” work and play. He started Maker Faire in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2006, and this event has spread to nearly 200 locations in 40 countries, with over 1.5M attendees annually. He is President of Make:Community, which produces Make: and Maker Faire.

In 2011 Dougherty was honored at the White House as a “Champion of Change” through an initiative that honors Americans who are “doing extraordinary things in their communities to out-innovate, out-educate and out-build the rest of the world.” At the 2014 White House Maker Faire he was introduced by President Obama as an American innovator making significant contributions to the fields of education and business. He believes that the Maker Movement has the potential to transform the educational experience of students and introduce them to the practice of innovation through play and tinkering.

Dougherty is the author of “Free to Make: How the Maker Movement Is Changing our Jobs, Schools and Minds” with Adriane Conrad. He is co-author of "Maker City: A Practical Guide for Reinventing American Cities" with Peter Hirshberg and Marcia Kadanoff.

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