The abrupt announcement of Maker Media’s shutdown startled and shocked people in many walks of life—especially educators who felt inspired to bring making and the do-it-yourself spirit into teaching and learning.

It also raised questions about what the future holds for the maker education movement, and particularly the Maker Education Initiative, which has provided professional development trainings and resources for seven years and counting.

The short answer: The nonprofit’s work will not be impacted in any way, pledges Kyle Conforth, executive director of the Maker Education Initiative.

While the Maker Education Initiative shares a namesake, founder and guiding ethos with Maker Media, it is a wholly separate operation. (Maker Media was a for-profit company that had raised $10 million in venture and debt capital.) Dale Dougherty, founder

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