I want us all to think about new and creative ways to engage young people in science and engineering, whether it’s science festivals, robotics competitions, fairs that encourage young people to create and build and invent — to be makers of things, not just consumers of things. President Obama, 2009
It’s a big week for makers, with some big time cred coming out of the White House on June 18th with the first ever White House Maker Faire! When we hosted Tampa Bay’s first Maker Festival in 2012, it was a relatively new concept for folks trying to get their minds around just what a “maker” was. Now it’s a “movement”, celebrated nationwide as a vital part of a vibrant, relevant and productive future for all of us.
The White House Maker Faire is intended to “celebrate America’s students and entrepreneurs who are inventing the future with … new technologies and techniques. …The event will feature Makers, innovators, and entrepreneurs of all ages who are using cutting-edge tools to bring their ideas to life.”
To really kick up the party, June 18 will also be a nationwide Day of Making, where communities across America are invited to share and celebrate their involvement in the Maker Movement. Make Magazine is inviting makers to mark the week by signing the “Building Maker Communities” pledge. Signers get a free PDF of the book “Zero to Maker” by David Lang, and can also list their Day of Making events on the #NationofMakers map.
So what are you waiting for? Get Making in America!