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Getting Girls Started with Making – A Nation of Makers

No competitions, 3D printers or wi-fi necessary This piece is part of a series highlighting the work and stories of Makers across the U.S in the run up to National Week of Making, June 17-23, 2016 Five years ago when I started DIY Girls, I envisioned a community for girls driven by an interest in making.

Invent Health: The National Week of Making

By Susannah Fox A big part of my role as the Chief Technology Officer at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is to create space for innovation. I help run the HHS IDEA Lab, which was established in 2013 to improve how HHS delivers on its mission.

MAKER METROPOLIS – A Nation of Makers

By Jenn Sander Imagine a temporary city that appears for one week each year, dreamed-up and built by its citizens, who can follow any whim they want to try. An experiment in living together that fosters self-reliance and expression, communal effort and participation, gifting and immediacy.

Inspiring Students to Aspire to Careers they Didn’t Know Existed through the Maker Movement – A Nation of Makers

Inspiring Students to Aspire to Careers they Didn’t Know Existed through the Maker Movement By Ed Hidalgo This is the story of how I, along with a team of passionate colleagues at Qualcomm and school administrators and educators in the San Diego community worked together to develop Thinkabit Lab , a maker space, lab and program designed to expose middle-school students to the world of work and have hands-on experiences with science, technology, engineering, art and math.

What Do We Do With These Empty Wal-Marts? – A Nation of Makers

What Do We Do With These Empty Wal-Marts? The McAllen Public Library is a breathtaking space. Its 20-foot ceilings are illuminated with streams of natural light, its cozy reading nooks invite young students to get lost in its books, and its brightly colored walls and artistic furniture offer a stark contrast to the traditional municipal look of a public facility.

Makers of Change – A Nation of Makers

How Makers Create Change By: Stephanie Santoso, Sherry Lassiter and Dale Dougherty Last year, 16-year old Ayoade Balogun, along with several other high school students, created the MESA Summer Bridge Program. This summer camp program introduced middle school girls to design and engineering by working on a project to help their community in Central Virginia.