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White House Mini Maker Faire

On June 18th, a select group of makers will get to show off their projects at the White House and talk with the President about making and how it has shaped their lives.

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Maker Faire at the White House

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Create a Makerspace

Makerspaces are community centers with tools. Download your FREE Makerspace playbook and start planning your own.

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Our Mini Maker Faire program provides all the tools and resources to help you launch a Maker Faire event that reflects the creativity, spirit and ingenuity of your community.

Host a Maker Camp for teens

Librarians, Summer Camp Directors, and Teen Program Directors: Check out all the ways you can integrate Maker Camp into your summer program.

Teach Making

Calling all Educators: Create more opportunities to develop confidence, creativity and interest in science, technology, engineering, math, arts and learning as a whole through making.

Learn about the Maker Movement

This is grassroots innovation that we can foster in every community. Found out more about the movement and Maker Media.

Makers on the Map

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Support Making in Your Community

President Obama is hosting the first-ever White House Maker Faire on June 18 to recognize the contributions of makers who bring creativity and technical ability to a broad range of projects. If you are a maker or a friend of makers, please become an advocate for expanding opportunities for making and makers in your community.

"As individuals, as members of families and community groups, and as makers, we want to help support the continued growth and impact of maker movement in our community and in America. We want to ensure that more people have access to the tools, materials and mentorship that allows them to develop as makers. We want our communities to develop a thriving maker ecosystem that takes advantage of new opportunities in manufacturing, education, innovation and design." — Maker Pledge

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Committed to Building Maker Communities

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Mark Light Ada, Ohio

DIY Electronics

Things with my 3-D printer

Christina Knight Zachary, Louisiana

Workshop

In development

Kristin Kinner Parker, Colorado

Crafts

In my classroom, we made innovative things out of boxes, we create things with legos, and we are getting a makey makey kit to do more. We are always looking for new project ideas that connect to our learning

Ben Mojo Valdosta, Georgia

Workshop

Bike parts, gear mechanisms

Tim Metcalf Benton, Arkansas

Art & Design

I have a passion for making and sharing knowledge.

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Abby Schuster New Freedom, Pennsylvania

Digital Fabrication

Everything !

Emily Schuster New Freedom, Pennsylvania

DIY Electronics

Clothes, bags, wearables

Emily Schuster New Freedom, Pennsylvania

Digital Fabrication

wearable electronics

Lois Langehaug Marysville, California

Art & Design

3D Models with students

joy roy KOLKATA, West Bengal

DIY Electronics

I make basic robots and have interest in DIY electronics.

jackie herzog San Rafael, California

Art & Design

I want to make products that are made with sustainable parts. bags, boxes, clothes, accessories everything!

Loren Tripp Pasadena, California

Art & Design

I make costumes, toys, models, ceramics, paintings and whatever analog object i can think up.

Jake White New Paris, Pennsylvania

Digital Fabrication

I design Large Vacuum furnaces, but in my spare time am creating new ways to learn

Kindle Cherry Mebane, North Carolina

Crafts

I am a community and international award winning redesigner. I recycle, reduce, reuse, not only objects, but people, buildings, and communities.

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Joy Tyson Denver, North Carolina

Digital Fabrication

I make whatever I have a need for. I am a huge fan of everything DIY! I am also a school librarian and want to start a makerspace in my school library.

Brent Reiche Saco, Maine

DIY Electronics

I want to make an led light string ( that will fit my giant foam spine custom) that is sound, and motion reactive,, wirelessly programmable and interactive.

Tony Hahn Des Plaines, Illinois

Microcontrollers

raspberry pi for web-servers and arduino for fun

Robin Wheeler Desoto, Texas

Art & Design

Games to learn math concepts

Flo Trujillo Farmington, New Mexico

Workshop

Show how to string New Mexico Chili, the easy way and make ristras!

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LISA LUBOZYNSKI East Aurora, New York

Art & Design

DRAWINGS

Emily Scheerer Columbia, Maryland

Microcontrollers

Got a Raspberry Pi for Christmas and have been looking for ways to mess around with it. Also experimented with 3D printing my own lego set.

Stephen Catchpole Castlecrag, New South Wales

Workshop

Renovations, energy efficient home

Tobias Uhlmann Soest, Nordrhein-Westfalen

Art & Design

I develop my own tools for panoramic and kite aerial photography (kamera mount, automatic panorama head)

Liviana Osti Mezzolombardo, Trentino-Alto Adige

Art & Design

projects varying from furniture to industrial components and fabrication techniques to interior architechture to jewerly.

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Michelle Zazula Kenosha, Wisconsin

Digital Fabrication

I am a teacher working with students to design and create ideas.

yagnesh dodiya Enter your city here, Enter your city here

Microcontrollers

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Jennifer Stillwell Folsom, Pennsylvania

DIY Electronics

Educational activities to use with my students where they need to make

Rob Dent Charlottesville, Virginia

Workshop

machines, robots, contraptions, practical tools, games, toys, rockets, generators

Benno Besler Tewswoos, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

Digital Fabrication

We try to find good solutions for a better environment by producing really biodegradable bio-polymers for 3D printers. made by nature

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Dorrine DeChant Fort Worth, Texas

Art & Design

Magic.

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President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear President Obama:

The Maker Movement today encourages everyone to think of themselves as makers, and see themselves as producers, not just consumers. The emergence of the Maker Movement as a social movement might be attributed to three drivers:

  1. The broad participation of makers who combine creative goals and technical skills to develop their own projects, some of which become products and lead to new businesses;
  2. The self-organizing nature of the movement shows how individual makers and small groups have acted at the grassroots level to foster making in their community and recognize its social and economic value;
  3. More children and their parents are recognizing that making provides a personal and social context for learning about science and technology and developing the practices and mindset that empower them to lead productive and meaningful lives.

Maker Faire has been a catalyst for bringing together makers and connecting them in communities in America and throughout the world. The number of events and the size of them continues to grow each year, inviting new people of any age to become makers. The number of makerspaces continues to expand in cities and rural areas across the country, and they play an important role in providing an on-ramp to the maker community. At the same time, there are new tools such as 3D printers and new platforms that support collaborative production that make it easier for more and more people to make things. All this accounts for the growth of the maker movement.

As individuals, as members of families and community groups, and as makers, we want to help support the continued growth and impact of maker movement in our community and in America. We want to ensure that more and more people have access to the tools, materials and mentorship that allows them to develop as makers. We want our communities to develop a thriving maker ecosystem that takes advantage of new opportunities in manufacturing, education, innovation and design.

As the White House prepares to hold its first-ever Maker Faire, we are committed to working with others in our community and with institutions to advance one or more of the following goals to promote Making, including:

  • To foster a local community of makers who participate in events, workshops, and outreach to grow a vibrant local maker community that is open and inclusive.
  • To create and sustain makerspaces that serve all youth in our community. We recognize the need for makerspaces in schools, libraries, museums and other community-serving organizations.
  • To provide mentorship and support for students to develop projects that support the engaging, hands-on learning in the classroom and outside class.
  • To help organize school-based Maker Faires that showcase student projects for the local community;
  • To provide mentorship and support for makers who are starting new businesses or expanding existing businesses;
  • To recognize and celebrate makers as well as the contributions of those who organize the local maker community.
  • To participate in local and regional efforts to create a productive Maker ecosystem that involves companies, investors, skilled volunteers, state and local officials, libraries, museums, schools, after-school programs, labor unions, and community-based organizations.

We are working together to build maker communities throughout America and the world that introduce the maker movement to more people and expand the benefits that makers can realize through their participation. Thank you for your recognition of the maker community and its strategic importance for our future. We look forward to working with you and your Administration to make this effort a huge success.

Dale Dougherty, CEO of Maker Media & supporters of the Maker Community

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Presidential Proclamation — National Day of Making, 2014

NATIONAL DAY OF MAKING, 2014


BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

Our Nation is home to a long line of innovators who have fueled our economy and transformed our world. Through the generations, American inventors have lit our homes, propelled humanity into the skies, and helped people across the planet connect at the click of a button. American manufacturers have never stopped chasing the next big breakthrough. As a country, we respond to challenge with discovery, determined to meet our great tests while seeking out new frontiers. During the National Day of Making, we celebrate and carry forward this proud tradition.

Today, more and more Americans are gaining access to 21st century tools, from 3D printers and scanners to design software and laser cutters. Thanks to the democratization of technology, it is easier than ever for inventors to create just about anything. Across our Nation, entrepreneurs, students, and families are getting involved in the Maker Movement. My Administration is increasing their access to advanced design and research tools while organizations, businesses, public servants, and academic institutions are doing their part by investing in makerspaces and mentoring aspiring inventors.

I am committed to helping Americans of all ages bring their ideas to life. Alongside our partners, my Administration is getting tens of thousands of young people involved in making. We are supporting an apprenticeship program for modern manufacturing and encouraging startups to build their products here at home. Because science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) are essential to invention, we launched a decade-long national effort to train 100,000 excellent STEM teachers. And we are expanding STEM AmeriCorps so that this summer, 18,000 low-income students will have learning opportunities in these vital fields.

As we observe this day, I am proud to host the first-ever White House Maker Faire. This event celebrates every maker -- from students learning STEM skills to entrepreneurs launching new businesses to innovators powering the renaissance in American manufacturing. I am calling on people across the country to join us in sparking creativity and encouraging invention in their communities.

Today, let us continue on the path of discovery, experimentation, and innovation that has been the hallmark not only of human progress, but also of our Nation's progress.  Together, let us unleash the imagination of our people, affirm that we are a Nation of makers, and ensure that the next great technological revolution happens right here in America.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 18, 2014, as National Day of Making. I call upon all Americans to observe this day with programs, ceremonies, and activities that encourage a new generation of makers and manufacturers to share their talents and hone their skills.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this seventeenth day of June, in the year of our Lord two thousand fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-eighth.

BARACK OBAMA

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