A Nation of Makers

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We are excited to announce that the White House will celebrate a “Week of Making” this summer from June 12-18!



The Week will coincide with the National Maker Faire here in D.C., featuring makers from across the country and will include participation by federal agencies including: the Department of Education, National Science Foundation, U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. Small Business Administration, Institute of Museum and Library Services, National Institute of Standards and Technology, NASA, Corporation for National and Community Service, Department of Homeland Security and the Smithsonian.

Last year, on June 18, 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.” At last year’s Faire, President Obama welcomed people of all ages who are funneling their ingenuity into amazing projects, developing creative solutions to important problems and bringing their innovations to market.

If you or your organization has plans to support students, inventors, designers, builders and other makers in your community, let us know by completing the form below. We look forward to announcing progress on the President’s call to action during the Week of Making.

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Democratizing the tools and skills necessary to design and make just about anything is enabling individuals to pursue careers in design, advanced manufacturing, and the related fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and possibly take their creations to the next level and become entrepreneurs.

Last year, the President launched an all-hands on deck effort asking mayors, Federal agencies, schools and educational institutions, companies, foundations, libraries and museums to support Makers and many responded with commitments, which were announced during the White House Maker Faire.

This Summer, the White House will celebrate a “Week of Making” from June 12-18. The Week will coincide with the National Maker Faire here in D.C., featuring makers from across the country and will include participation by federal agencies including: the Department of Education, National Science Foundation, U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. Small Business Administration, Institute of Museum and Library Services, National Institute of Standards and Technology, NASA, Corporation for National and Community Service, Department of Homeland Security and the Smithsonian.

To continue to create more opportunities for making across the U.S., we need your help. We’d like to hear from you if you or your organization is planning to respond to the President’s call to action. Some topics for commitments include:

  • Creating hands-on learning opportunities for students to engage in STEM arts and design through making in and outside the classroom
  • Broadening participation in making for girls, young women and underrepresented minorities
  • Supporting the development of low-cost tools for prototyping
  • Developing capabilities that enable maker entrepreneurs to produce their products domestically and scale volume
  • Engaging makers in developing solutions to pressing local and global challenges

The fact sheet from last year’s White House Maker Faire is a helpful reference. Please complete the form below by May 15th.

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Stories Behind Making

The White House Hosts Its First-Ever Maker Faire
June 18, 2014 

President Obama proclaimed June 18, 2014 a National Day of Making, calling 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."

Watch on YouTube | Read the Presidential Proclamation.

The President, in 3D
December 2, 2014

Recently, the Smithsonian stopped by the White House to take a 3D portrait of President Obama, in what will be be the highest resolution digital model of a head of state. Take a look at the process, and the 3D rendering created from this technology.

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Hour of Code
December 10, 2014

The President and the Vice President joined in on the "Hour of Code," learning to code alongside a group of students from South Seventeenth Street School in Newark, New Jersey.

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The Maker Movement

America has always been a nation of tinkerers, inventors, and entrepreneurs. In recent years, a growing number of Americans have gained access to technologies such as 3D printers, laser cutters, easy-to-use design software, and desktop machine tools. This, in combination with freely available information about how to use, modify, and build upon these technologies and the availability of crowd funding platforms, is enabling more Americans to design and build almost anything.

Empowering students and adults to create, innovate, tinker, and make their ideas and solutions into reality is at the heart of the Maker Movement. Since the first-ever White House Maker Faire, the White House has continued to support opportunities for students to learn about STEM through making, expand the resources available for maker entrepreneurs, and foster the development of advanced manufacturing in the U.S.

More on the Making

More about how the White House, federal agencies, communities, educational institutions, companies, libraries and museums are coming together to expand opportunities for making:

Making At the White House

Maker Faire

President Obama hosted the first-ever Maker Faire on June 18, 2014.

For the holidays this year, the White House featured Bo and Sunny in the holiday decorations as life-size, animated “dog-bots."

The White House announces the winners of it's first-ever 3D-printed ornament challenge.

More Maker Opportunities

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The First Lady held a fashion workshop highlighting the growing role of makers and new technologies in the creative economy.

Higher education institutions respond to the President’s call to support making on college campuses.

Case Western is providing a makerspace and innovation center to give students, staff, faculty and members of the public the tools they need to create, build and invent.

Young African Leaders joined the US Global Development Lab and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy at Fab Lab DC to discuss the role of making in Africa’s economic and community development.