I recently had a discussion with a fellow educator about how maker-based education and formative assessment are complimentary. I think for many educators who are on the fence about maker-ed, or are not sure how it fits into the existing landscape, should look at how maker tools can be used for continuing formative assessment. I can think of no better way than to have students SHOW what they have learned by making, creating, designing, iterating, and bragging about authentic products they have created. The questions remains how does this fit into our existing high-stakes summative assessment models. Some have argued it cannot. Perhaps, a different approach should be considered. What if we can prove that maker-based education not only fits into CCSS models, but actually goes further and allows our students to show what they have learned by creating and making. I ask - if not now, then when?