June 6, 2014
I’m sure by now we’re already aware of El Presidente’s level of cool. Whether it’s hanging out with Jay-Z and Beyonce, or going on Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis in a last-minute push for Obamacare enrollment, President Obama and this White House know how to stay relevant and get millennials to pay attention. And this time around isn’t any different: in announcing the first White House Maker Faire, the Obama administration recruited the band OK Go to feature in the official White House announcement.
“Why are they having a Maker Faire?” says OK Go’s Damian Kulash. “Because the President likes it when you make stuff.”
Maker Faires are nationwide gatherings where DIYers can take part in a slew of activities in arts, crafts, engineering, and science. First held in 2006 in San Mateo, CA, and produced by the publishers of MAKE magazine, several Maker Faires have taken place around the country, but this will be the first time that the White House will host the event. Several organizations, including Las Vegas’s Local Motors, have been invited to participate.
“The rise of the Maker Movement represents a huge opportunity for the United States. Nationwide, new tools for democratized production are boosting innovation and entrepreneurship in manufacturing, in the same way that the Internet and cloud computing have lowered the barriers to entry for digital startups, creating the foundation for new products and processes that can help to revitalize American manufacturing,” reads the White House blog announcement.
Proclaimed a nationwide “Day of Making,” June 18 is the date for the White House Maker Faire, which President Obama himself will attend. The President is a huge supporter of innovation in science, particularly among our nation’s youth – the administration claims that the event ties into Obama’s goal of encouraging more students to enter STEM fields. Last month, he announced a $35 million “Education to Innovate” campaign, and even invited the 16-year-old inventor of the “extreme marshmallow cannon” to this year’s State of the Union Address.
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