Maker Movement:
A Better Understanding of Electronics as a Hobby

Hobbyist Profile: The Growth of Hobby Electronics

They've thrown away their pocket protectors but wear an identity as nerds with pride. Electronics hobbyists' affections for their hobby are so strong that they think about it in some way every day. They are also convinced that the American economy is at least in part fueled by hobby electronics and believe emphasis of electronics in education is immensely valuable.

Most hobbyist became interested in electronics after first taking something apart at a young age and have spent over 35 years pursuing their avocation. Although they haven't always had a lot of time to pursue their hobby, they expect that it will become a larger part of their lives in the near future.

This may be in part to the Do-it-Yourself or Maker Movement, which has been one of the most surprising trends of the past decade. The Maker Movement is a cultural movement comprised of people employing do-it-yourself and do-it-with-others to develop unique technology products. DIY and DIWO enables individuals to create limitless devices and gadgets. Most of the products created under the maker movement are open source so anyone can access and create them using available documentation and manuals.

The Maker Movement also incorporates creations and inventions that never existed before and were developed by individuals in their homes, garages or a place with limited manufacturing resources. It wasn't long ago that electronic projects and electronics as a hobby was tagged for extinction. Technological advancement saw the miniaturization of everything electronic and increasingly became beyond the reach of the average electronics hobbyist. At the same time, local electronics component supply stores were disappearing across the country. Radio Shack, long the retail leader in this space, continued to exist but only with a dramatic shift in its inventory strategy away from electronics. The most loyal electronics hobbyists seemed to be retired and aging quickly.

Many people are excited about the Maker Movement. They believe that it will fuel America's future and turn more people into makers rather than consumers, which puts hobby electronics in a position to become more popular than ever.

Tim Bajarin from Time magazine states, "I know from history that when you give makers the right tools and inspiration, they have the potential to change the world."

Jameco Electronics' relationship with hobbyists began in 1974 and has seen its hobbyist business swell over the past decade. Jameco continues to support makers by adding electronics kits and electronics projects that now total more 500 complete step-by-step electronic projects.

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If you are interested in building your own kits or sharing your electronic project ideas with others, stop by Club Jameco. At Club Jameco, you can design electronics projects and turn your bright ideas into cash. Every electronics project starts with a brilliant idea. We want to know what you can create!