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The 'Maker MoveMenT' – coMbining The spiriT of The old shop class wiTh Modern Tech in coMMuniTy spaces – May be a new indusTrial revoluTion. Detroit – Think of the colorful Mt. Elliott Makerspace as a playroom where tools – such as soldering irons and electronics – are the toys. A bank of Macs and PCs lines one wall where kids can research how to make things, learn to mix music with Garage Band, or build their own digital world with Minecraft. Windows behind the computers – a sort of bridge between the 20th and 21st centuries – offer a full view of a retired machinist's woodworking shop. Book- shelves stuffed with remote-control cars, arts-and-crafts supplies, and beginning robotics kits fank a doorway leading to a bike shop. A pile of circuit boards and hard drives sits in a corner next to a disassembled electric wheelchair lying in wait for curious tinkerers. Across the room, two sixth-grade girls hunch with furrowed brows over wooden treasure boxes. Zwena Gray grips a screw - D.I.Y. Revolution VNEXT PAGE BY Noelle SwaN / Staff wRiteR 26 THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR WEEKLY | JuLY 7 & 14, 2014

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