STEM Education / Career Development

More than 15,000 attend National Maker Faire, and other highlights from National Week of Making 2016


Jun 23, 2016

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Americans all over the country of all ages and backgrounds celebrated National Week of Making from June 17-23. The week coincided with the two-year anniversary of the 2014 White House Maker Faire and built on last year’s National Week of Making. Thousands of organizations responded to President Obama’s call to action by celebrating innovators and committing to new steps that will create even more opportunities in the months and years ahead.

On Monday, June 20, President Obama highlighted the National Week of Making during his remarks at the SelectUSA conference, saying: "No country has done more to build a culture of making and tinkering, of entrepreneurship and risk-taking." Stated the president in a proclamation last week: “It is critical that we support the types of hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning experiences -- in both formal and informal environments -- that students encounter through making, which can help unlock their full potential and ignite their enthusiasm for the careers of tomorrow.”

More than 15,000 individuals attended the National Maker Faire held at the University of the District of Columbia. The Faire featured more than 103 maker exhibits, 57 speakers, and 22 organizations. As part of the event, a special State of Making kick-off was held and included remarks from government officials Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith, and OSTP Deputy Director Tom Kalil.

For more highlights from the 2016 National Week of Making, read the full blog post on

Also check out Plant Services' interview with two co-founders, and read Chief Editor Thomas Wilk's editor's letter on the power of the maker movement.