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White House Embraces Maker Movement

Kinetic Sculpture - Image by Michel DeschênesIf you’re curious, creative and love to learn by playing and experimenting – you’ve got a great future ahead. President Barack Obama recognizes the importance of the growing Maker Movement in transitioning from the Industrial Age to the New Economy.

“Our parents and our grandparents created the world’s largest economy and strongest middle class not by buying stuff, but by building stuff — by making stuff, by tinkering and inventing and building,” President Obama said before the inaugural White House Maker Faire in June.

Stephanie Santoso, Phd candidate at Cornell University was appointed as a senior advisor on Making for the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy.As an advocate for the maker community, she helped organize the White House’s Maker Faire this past summer.

The Faire was really designed to be a call to action, to signal to everybody in the U.S. and around the world. Making is going to be super important for technological innovation and solving pressing problems, whether that’s related to global health or empowering makers who have great product ideas to take those ideas to market.

Makerspaces are popping up across the continent in Libraries, Universities, schools and in collaboration with arts communities. Joining a makerspace let’s you learn real-world skills and collaborate with others in a safe and productive environment.

Full Article: ‘6 Questions For The White House’s Maker-In-Chief Stephanie Santoso‘ Via: Fast Company

Image: Michel Deschênes via Wikimedia Commons- CC BY-SA 3.0

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