A Nation of Makers: New Activities and Potential Commitments

America has always been a nation of tinkerers, inventors, and entrepreneurs…think of Benjamin Franklin, Benjamin Banneker, George Washington Carver, Ida B. Wells, Henry Ford, Grace Hopper, and so many more. In recent years, more and more Americans have gained access to technologies that support making, such as 3D printers, laser cutters, easy-to-use design software, and desktop machine tools, along with freely available information about how to use, modify, and build upon these technologies. Such resources, in combination with growing networks of maker enthusiasts and crowdfunding platforms, are enabling more Americans to design and build almost anything.

Having hosted the first-ever White House Maker Faire in 2014, the White House remains interested in learning about efforts by companies, foundations, schools, and non-profits to expand the resources available for young makers and maker entrepreneurs, and foster the development of advanced manufacturing in the United States.  

Submit your new activites, potential commitments, and other thoughts to help promote making in your community or all across the country. 

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