There are many different ways that you can get involved and participate in the run up to and during the Week of Making!
Tell your Story as a Maker, Maker Educator or Maker Advocate
Are you a Maker with an innovative project or an interesting story? Do you know someone who has been an amazing advocate for supporting the Maker community in your city or town? If so, we want to get to know him/her. In the run up to the Week of Making, we’ll be featuring profiles of incredible Makers, Maker Educators and Maker Advocates across the U.S. on the Week of Making site.
To tell your story, submit a profile here.
Host an Event
Whether you’re one person, a maker space, community center, university, company or other organization, you can organize an event during the week and invite others in your community to participate. The event can be big or small, for students or adults, or both. It doesn’t matter as long as you’re having fun and making something! Make sure submit your event to this site here, so others can learn about it.
If you need some ideas, below is a snapshot of amazing events that took place throughout the country in 2015:
- East Central High School (San Antonio, TX) offered an electronics and hardware programming course.
- Muncie Public Library (Muncie IN) hosted a series of courses focused on designing, prototyping, and building things that fly.
- Hofstra University (Hempstead, NY) organized iDesign student conferences to engage 6th-9th graders in designing and creating digital games.
- The Alamance Makers Guild (Burlington, NC) hosted the Burlington Makeover Takeover, a free community celebration where Makers shared their projects, from wood turning to upcycled toys.
To get your event noticed, submit it here.
Attend an Event
Find an event in your community that you’re interested in and participate! Extra brownie points if you bring friends or family members with you. To check out the events near you, visit here.
Make A Commitment
At the first-ever White House Maker Faire, President Obama said, “I hope every company, every college, every community, every citizen joins us as we lift up makers and builders and doers across the country.” Since then, a large number of federal agencies, schools, universities, companies, foundations, libraries, museums and others have responded to the call to action. Some examples include school districts committing to create more maker spaces in their schools, companies engaging their employees in being Maker mentors and foundations supporting Maker projects in their communities. You can check out the commitments from last year here. Tell the White House about the commitment that your organization would like to make here.