June 18th is the White House’s first ever Maker Faire! Moreover, June 18th won’t just represent the White House’s own faire, but is being established as a national Day of Making. So, call in sick tomorrow and bust out your 3D printer, CNC machine, and laser cutter. While some lucky Makers have been invited to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. to show the President their innovative projects, the rest of us are invited to participate in the Day of Making in variety of ways (as outlined by the White House):
- 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 wanting to learn for a while.
- 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
- Your idea here!
So, what will you be doing for the Day of Making tomorrow? Let us know in the comments or let the Twitterverse know by tweeting your Making with the hashtag
#NationOfMakers. What will I be Making, you’re no doubt asking? I will be Making some articles for 3DPI, followed by dinner, and then I’ll be 3D printing a Master Chief helmet for my friend Jon’s birthday (I don’t get out much).
For further inspiration, watch members of the Maker-friendly band OK Go announce the White House Maker Faire and Day of Making below: