Amber: The Maker
Amber the Maker is a knowledge mobilization project that stems from the work of the Concordia University Research Chair in Maker Culture. It seeks to inspire children to be creative and empower them through Amber's story.
Amber the Maker is a children storybook about an 8-year-old amputee. She gets bullied on her swimming team because she is too slow in the relay races. One day, as she is about to give up Gentling, a friendly imaginary dragon, appears. He will bring Amber on a journey of discovery in maker culture where she will learn how to 3D print her own prosthetic terminal swimming attachment.
This book was co-authored by Dr. Ann-Louise Davidson with Elizabeth Lakoff, and illustrated by Alina Gutierrez. It was based on the results of many workshops with hundreds of participants from all age groups who were all learning to solve problems and engage in social innovation through maker culture.
Amber the Maker is supported by the Canadian Commission for UNESCO.
Soft launch at the 4th Space: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWkHXXlV6ZA
Let’s Go with Sabrina Marandola CBC. New kids book encourages kids of all abilities to explore DIY projects. October 8, 2020. https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-383/clip/15802586