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January 30, 2012 AT 11:17 am

Larry Bock: Tinker and Change the World @USAScienceFest

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Larry Bock: Tinker and Change the World.

Tinkering — that hands-on, garage-based tradition which sparked inventions ranging from the airplane and electric light bulb to the Apple computer — is making a comeback among average Americans, promising to change our lives for the better on several fronts.

Known by such monikers as DIY (Do It Yourself) and the Maker Movement, its resurrection, fueled by the current economic downturn and the falling cost of high-tech tools and materials, stands not only to boost innovation and change how science is taught in the classroom, but could herald a new industrial revolution, suggest theEconomist, the Wall Street Journal and other luminaries.

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