Tomorrow and Sunday, June 17 and 18, is when the second National Maker Faire takes place at the University of the District of Columbia. It is the biggest event of the National Week of Making, which started today. Tickets are required, but they are free.
The Maker Faire will have demonstrations and presentations from makers and people supporting and studying making. The schedule is packed, even moreso than last year. There are also workshop opportunities, which may require a small additional fee. Attendees can also see some of the cutting edge research facilities at the University.
The Week of Making provides the Obama Administration the opportunity to announce several government and private sector commitments that has some connection to providing maker spaces or otherwise supporting technology education. The White House has a full list of these commitments available online (and a more detailed fact sheet), but here are a few that drew my interest:
- Over 1400 K-12 schools have committed to having a maker space available for their students.
- A trend of having libraries serve as maker spaces, encouraged by programs like the Education Department’s Future Ready initiative, and the efforts of many public and private organizations to utilize recreation centers, libraries and similar spaces to support making.
- Agencies making an effort to help makers navigate their funding (NSF, NIST) or regulatory (FDA) procedures.
- The continued efforts of longstanding making organizations like Maker Media, to spread the word. The tour headed by Adam Savage could be very interesting, especially if it manages to reach beyond the making audience that already follows the former MythBusters host and his projects.
Most can’t make it to Washington for the weekend Maker Faire. There are also a number of events taking place across the country (and not limited to the official Week of Making). Feel free to check the calendar for something happening near you.