The Grommet wouldn't exist without Makers, tinkerers, inventors, and entrepreneurs who create new innovative products every day. We celebrate Makers and amplify their stories each time we launch a new Grommet.
So when the White House announced its first Maker Faire we got really excited. Why? Having the White House recognize Makers and encourage people across the nation to make things themselves will fuel innovative product creation. And we all win when that happens.
The White House is embracing The Maker Movement on June 18, 2014 by organizing an event that features Makers, innovators, and entrepreneurs of all ages who are using cutting-edge tools to bring their ideas to life.
In addition to the Makers who will be at the White House, people all across the country are invited to participate virtually on June 18th in a Day of Making in their homes, schools, maker spaces, and communities. Let's showcase our own projects and the vibrant grassroots communities of inventors, tinkerers, and manufacturers that are building our future.
On June 18, 2014 use #NationOfMakers to share your creations. The White House will be using it as well and it will be a great way to connect with other Makers across the country.
How can you participate in this National Day of Making on June 18, 2014? Here are a few ideas from the White House to get you started:
- Post photos of a current maker project you are working on or choose a new project to work on and ask a couple of friends or family members to build it with you. You can find fun and creative projects ideas from a variety of websites for Makers such as MAKE.
- Host an open house at your local makerspace or set up a hangout online to connect and share your inventions with Makers across the country.
- Volunteer to be a mentor for someone who is interested in learning a new skill or find a mentor who would be interested in teaching a new skill you’ve been eager to learn.
- Create a project of your own and then share the plans for your project online through Maker platforms so others can also make, modify, or remix your project.
- Organize a maker roundtable to identify and convene maker thought leaders in your community on expanding Making initiatives, programs, and activities in your neighborhood.
- If you’re an organization or company, encourage your employees to volunteer as an educator and/or mentor to host maker-oriented workshops or classes in your community.
- Follow the action online at www.whitehouse.gov/makerfaire.