Once in a while, a new idea comes along that's a winner-and the makerspace concept is exactly that ("The City that Hacks," Feature, Aug. 14)! However, 60 years ago these do-it-yourself activities were part of the Baltimore public school curriculum-and it was called shop class.
Although I have no interest in welding, robot creation, or woodworking, I understand the joy of making things whether it is a dress, a custom-designed greeting card, or papier-mache ornament.
Although all the photos depicted men toiling away, apparently women are welcome. Wouldn't it be terrific if similar makerspace venues could be developed for sewing, pattern-making, and design for folks like me who are terrified of electricity and large power tools? Half a century ago this too was part of our public school education-and was called home economics.
Since one of the makerspaces is only a few blocks from my home, I plan to visit and see if there is anything I can do to help.