By Madeleine Neisler
Welcome to the National Week of Making everyone! What an exciting time to be a “maker.” With all of the advances in modern technology we are sure to see some great inventions and meet the amazing makers behind them. National Week of Making is happening right now! It started June 16 and runs until June 22, 2017.
What is National Week of Making? It is based around Nation of Makers which was an initiative started by President Obama. As it states on the website, “America has always been a nation of tinkerers, inventors, and entrepreneurs. In recent years, a growing number of Americans have gained access to technologies such as 3D printers, laser cutters, easy-to-use design software, and desktop machine tools. This, in combination with freely available information about how to use, modify, and build upon these technologies and the availability of crowd funding platforms, is enabling more Americans to design and build almost anything.” For a great article regarding this initiative visit Building a Nation of Makers.
The Architecture Center Houston in Houston, Texas is holding an amazing event entitled Made/Unmade Houston: Technology, Fabrication & Design. This exhibition and sequence of public programs is all about connecting and promoting designers and craftsmen located in the Houston area and their work. Some of the types of things you might need at this event include but are not limited to installations, furniture, and objects.
*Image from the Made/Unmade Houston Exhibit*
At Anarchy Girls Cospace in North Salt Lake City, Utah, there are several cool classes being offered. A couple of the ones that stood out to me are the Come Make a Harry Potter Style Wand and Bring Your Computer, Mouse and Learn the Basics of Wings 3D, Build a Simple Object Then Watch it get 3D Printed. What is so great about this event is that you are the maker! How great is that?
NextFab in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is partnering with Makers Making Change to host a LipSync Buildathon. The concept is that makers will create a type of assistive technology, called the LipSync that allows a person to use a touchscreen device without the use of their hands. This mouth operated joystick enables a person to control an onscreen cursor with minimal head and neck movement. This project is funded by Google. So innovative!
As mentioned, these are just a few of the events happening during National Week of Making. Be sure to take a look at the website to see a complete list of all the events.
So no matter where you are, go to the Week of Making event page and see if you can find an event close to you. If not, I encourage you to “make” your own event. You never know what you might create during National Week of Making. Get out there and make something!