Have you ever been to a Maker Faire? I’d never heard of one until today. Apparently a Maker Faire is part science fair, part county fair, and part something all its own. It seems to be a gathering of curious individuals and groups that enjoy learning and sharing. From its inception in 2006 in San Francisco by Maker Media, Maker Faire events have grown and spread throughout the world, including Tokyo and Rome in 2013. And in 2014, a Maker Faire will be held at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington D.C.
How did a Maker Faire make it to the White House? Two years ago, a 14-year-old boy named Joey Hudy and his marshmallow cannon wowed President Barack Obama at the White House Science Fair. That’s when Joey introduced the Maker Faire movement to the president.
According to the official White House blog, details about the 2014 Maker Faire event at the White House will be forthcoming soon. “It will be an opportunity to highlight both the remarkable stories of Makers like Joey and commitments by leading organizations to help more students and entrepreneurs get involved in making things,” according to the blog’s authors, Tom Kalil, deputy director for technology and innovation at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Jason Miller, special assistant to the president for manufacturing policy at the National Economic Council.
Are you making something or have big ideas? You can get involved by sending photos or videos of your creations to firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter by using the hashtag #IMadeThis.
— Moheeb Zara (@virgilvox) February 4, 2014
— Ashley Zelinskie (@azelinskie) February 4, 2014
This will definitely be a hashtag to keep your eye on!
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