Maker education, STEAM and design thinking have all become popular and significant initiatives in education and I've seen many student makers who have come up with some very impressive ideas. However, I feel that students don't often see themselves as designers, who are able to turn their ideas into practical products/solutions. While it is not practical to design a house and then build it, being able to design something more doable and then have it created would be so impactful for students. I believe that designers are the people that are going to develop solutions for many of the problems facing humanity. When you consider that everything around us has been purposely designed and manufactured, this means that there are a multitude of designers and manufacturers in the community that our students could connect with. These connections have the potential to inspire the next generation of designers.