6月18日,今天!美国白宫将举办Maker Faire

6月18日,今天!美国白宫将举办Maker Faire,同时奥巴马总统会宣布将每年的6月18日定为国家创客日,对于全世界的maker都是一个值得纪念的日子!

Maker Faire Coming to the White House

Today the Obama Administration announced its plan to host a Maker Faire at the White House this year.

Details are still in the works, but the White House tapped 16-year-old maker Joey Hudy to help spread the news. Joey sat with First Lady Michelle Obamaat last week’s State of the Union address. And two years ago Joey wowed Obama with his marshmallow cannon at the White House Science fair.

As you might expect, Joey is thrilled.

“I’m so excited, he said. “This is amazing and I’m glad I don’t have to keep it a secret anymore. I’m very glad and honored that I got to be the one announcing it.”

Joey said Maker Faire shows kids how much fun making can be.

“This Maker Faire will help more schools and the world understand how important science technology and engineering education (STEM) is,” he said. “The maker movement is the future.”

Of course we’re pretty thrilled, too. Maker Faire and the maker movement in general are all about celebrating innovation and the creative spirit in all of us. Having the White House as a partner will help expose more people to what making is all about.

In years past, firing a marshmallow cannon might have landed you in the principal’s office. On Tuesday, it landed 16-year-old Joey Hudy in the First Lady’s box at the 2014 State of the Union Address.

At the 2012 White House Science Fair, Joey wowed the President by using a homemade cannon to send a marshmallow flying across the State Dining Room. Joey then handed the President a business card reading, “Don’t be bored, make something.” The saying became a rallying cry for the President’s efforts to grow a generation of students who are “makers of things, not just consumers of things.” In December, Joey became the youngest Intel intern, after he amazed Intel CEO Brian Krzanich at a Maker Faire, which is an event that allows tinkerers, entrepreneurs, and inventors like Joey to haul their creations out of the garage and into the spotlight.

Inspired by “Joey Marshmallow” and the millions of citizen-makers driving the next era of American innovation, we are thrilled to announce plans to host the first-ever White House Maker Faire later this year. We will release more details on the event soon, but 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.

Meanwhile, you can get involved by sending pictures or videos of your creations or a description of how you are working to advance the maker movement to maker@ostp.gov, or on Twitter using the hashtag #IMadeThis. Take Joey’s advice – don’t be bored, make something. Maybe you, like Joey, can take your making all the way to The White House.

By democratizing the tools and skills necessary to design and make just about anything, Maker Faires and similar events can inspire more people to become entrepreneurs and to pursue careers in design, advanced manufacturing, and the related fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The Administration is already partnering with companies, non-profits, and communities to make the most of this emerging movement. The Defense Advanced Projects Agency, or DARPA, collaborated with the Veteran’s Administration to support the creation of a TechShop in Pittsburgh, where members can access cutting-edge tools for making, andprovided memberships for thousands of veterans. With funding from the Department of Labor, the AFL-CIO and Carnegie Mellon University are partnering with TechShop Pittsburgh to create an apprenticeship program for 21st-century manufacturing and encourage startups to manufacture domestically. Similarly, with support from Americorps and leading companies and foundations, the Maker Education Initiative is working with schools and youth-serving organizations to provide students with access to Making. Last summer, the group engaged more than 90,000 youth and families around the country in Making activities. The White House has also honored Maker Movement leader Dale Dougherty as a Champion of Change.

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