I am thrilled to see the Maker Movement sweeping the Nation! Recently, the White House announced that in honor of this movement, they will be hosting a week of making, which will run from June 12-18th. The week will coincide with the National Maker Faire 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.
An important piece of the Maker Movement is finding ways to create opportunities to celebrate and share your students' creations. One of the ways you can do that is to attend or even host an organized type of maker event called a Maker Faire. A Maker Faire is an event created by Make magazine to "celebrate arts, crafts, engineering, science projects and the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset". I participated in one myself which was a Brooklyn Storymakers Maker Party organized by the Brooklyn Public Library and Hive NYC Learning Network. Last year, my students and I participated in a virtual Maker Faire hosted by the White House. This event was an opportunity to highlight both the remarkable stories of Makers and commitments by leading organizations to help more students and entrepreneurs get involved in making things. We tweeted pictures and videos of our student creations to the hashtag for this event, which was #imadethis.
Due to the success of participating in last year's White House Maker Faire, I will be hosting a virtual Maker Faire on the first day of the White House's week of making, Friday, June 12. On that day, I wlil be sharing my students' creations as well as making-related resources and activites. Your school too can take this week of making to support students, inventors, designers, builders and other makers within your school community. I am inviting anyone who wants to participate with my school on that day to join me by tweeting your student creations and resources to #worldsofmaking, #weekofmaking and #nationofmakers.
An archive of our virtual maker faire can be found here.