DIF Studio What Is the Future of Making Things?

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The future of making is here. By harnessing the power and radical capabilities of today's dominant technological trends and businesses, designers and other innovators have the potential to explore profoundly different ways to design, make and use. However, design and engineering education in our schools and universities has hardly changed in decades, and often fails to inspire the next generation. Surely it is time to embrace computational methods that make it possible to reimagine almost everything about the world around us?

In this session, educational practitioner Steve Parkinson will join us to explore all of this and share experiences of his work on the ground in schools and colleges across the UK.

This is an abbreviated version of an interview that took place on November 7th. Want to watch the conversation in full? Watch it here:


Steve Parkinson

Steve Parkinson

Education Manager, Autodesk

Steve has worked within education for 15 years. Having formerly taught at secondary, college and university level, he received the James Dyson Foundation teacher of the year award, for his influence and contribution to the modernisation of Design and Technology education. Steve co-founded a disruptive educator movement, Teach Design, and later led various initiatives across the UK, including nationwide digital design programmes for Autodesk, and London based STEM programmes for the Department for Education and the Mayor for London.


Seb Egerton-Read

Seb Egerton-Read

Social Media and Content Manager

Seb makes sure the DIF’s content reaches the right people on a global scale through resourceful and creative marketing. He also feeds into the DIF's long-term strategy. When Seb isn’t working on the DIF, he’s busy managing the Foundation’s social media accounts and producing regular content across platforms as well as writing for Circulate news.

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