Have you seen this?

On June 18, 2014 the White House hosted it’s first ever Maker Faire. On that day President Obama gave a speech to kick of the Maker Day’s events. President Obama declared June 18, 2014 a National Day of Making. As stated by Obama (2014), “Todays DIY is tomorrows made in America.” In his speech he acknowledged the importance of the “Maker Movement” and its role in future jobs. He discussed the importance of changing the way schools structure teaching and learning for students. Encouraging taking more of a shop class approach of making while learning and acknowledging that students have different learning styles. It’s inspiring to know that even the President acknowledges the importance in the “Maker Movement” and understands that “making” in classrooms can have benefits in helping prepare students for future jobs and industries.

Resources:

The White House. (2014, June 18). The white house hosts its first-ever maker faire. [Video]. Retrieved June 14, 2014, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wHorfRvvcE#t=631

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2 thoughts on “Have you seen this?

  1. I saw this video as well and was surprised that there was a National Day of Making and then a National Week of Making. When I was in high school learning was more of a shop class approach with classes to choose from like Wood Shop, Auto Shop, Electricity, Home Economics, Art and Photography. I was impressed that the President is playing such an active role in the Make Movement.

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  2. A couple years back, President Obama actually visited and toured TechShop Pittsburgh, a local Makerspace where I used to live. He’s been a strong advocate for the Maker movement. When he says, “Today’s DIY is tomorrow’s made in America,” it’s a good point. With 3-D printing and the like made available these days, a lot of small businesses are getting their start out of local Makerspaces.

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