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Celebrate the National Week of Making

The White House recently announced the 2016 National Week of Making (June 17-23) and has invited libraries, museums, rec centers, schools, universities and community spaces to support and grow the number of our citizen-makers by hosting events, committing to take action, and highlighting new innovations.

As highlighted on a recent blog post by the Office of Science and Technology Policy, this year’s celebration is a continuation of the President’s Nation of Makers initiative launched in June 2014, when President Obama hosted the first-ever White House Maker Faire and issued a call to action that “every company, every college, every community, every citizen joins us as we lift up makers and builders and doers across the country.”

Last year, President Obama expanded from the single event by proclaiming a National Week of Making and inviting people of all ages to hold events around the country celebrating ingenuity, inspiring creative problem-solving, and supporting opportunities for those from all backgrounds to tinker and make. The Presidential Innovation Fellows program is happy to respond to the President’s call by getting involved, spreading the word, and helping organize events. Below are some suggestions about how you can get involved too!

Join the Expanding #NationOfMakers Movement

Here are some ways that you or your organization can get involved this year to celebrate.

  • attend an event and/or volunteer to mentor and share their skills by hosting workshops or classes in areas of their community

Examples of Ways Communities Are Getting Involved

  • Organizing local workshop for community members (for youth, adults, or all ages) to learn something new
  • Scheduling a Maker Town Hall (a presentation to local government) highlighting the value of the movement to the local education system and economy
  • Holding a fundraiser for local non-profit focused on creating opportunities for makers
  • Showcasing the local maker community through a public event, such as a mini Maker Fair
  • Participating in the National Maker Faire or Capitol Hill Maker Faire in Washington, DC

Examples of Ways Communities Are Sharing Activities

  • Posting an event or submitting a maker profile on website
  • Sharing images and links on social media with #NationOfMakers hashtag
  • Writing a blog post sharing the story of an individual, team, or school maker project
  • Posting a short video online highlighting excitement of individuals interacting with displays or makers of all ages making gadgets and gizmos

Help Spread the Word via Social Media

Here are some assets for you to use on Facebook and Twitter. Make sure to use the #WeekofMaking Hashtag