If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to be a kid inventor extraordinaire, all you’ve got to do is ask Anthem brothers Reagan, Carson and Keane Gillespie. The trio have conceptualized, created and sold their first invention — a cool 3-D maze kit called the CubeRinth — before they’re even old enough to drive.
The Gillespie brothers, who are homeschooled by parents Debbie and Michael, have always loved Legos, but their passion for inventing was stoked by the discovery of the Maker community here in Phoenix and worldwide. Like their Anthem friend and mentor, Joey Hudy, whose marshmallow cannon invention took him all the way to the White House, people are beginning to notice that these kids are up to something good.
Makers are part of a growing group of do-it-yourself inventors, young and old alike, who are redefining innovation by combining resources and exchanging ideas. Here in the Valley, there are a growing number of Maker spaces, including Local Motors Labs in...