Posted by: Tom Ross | June 18, 2014

Maker Faire Today at the White House

Today, June 18, President Obama is hosting innovators, entrepreneurs, and tinkerers of all ages from across the country at the first-ever White House Maker Faire. Its purpose is to celebrate America’s students and entrepreneurs, who are “inventing the future with these new technologies.”


The event showcases new and innovative projects, inventions, and designs that may create industries and jobs in the future.

The program is presented LIVE. And the White House has included a lot of Maker Faire information here as well.

President Obama has proclaimed today as the National Day of Making in this country. “I call upon all Americans to observe this day with programs, ceremonies, and activities that encourage a new generation of makers and manufacturers to share their talents and hone their skills.”


Obama is obviously interested in gadgets. At a White House science fair two years ago he shocked Secret Service agents by firing off a marshmallow cannon created by 14-year-old Joey Hudy. (Joey was later invited to the State of the Union address.)


What is a Maker Faire? “Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. All of these “makers” come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned.”

For more information, visit the White House Maker Faire page, and go to the Maker Faire home page.


  1. SME supports White House Maker Faire:

  2. […] since our blog on the Maker Faire, a new controversy has arisen around how the maker movement fits in with the Common Core. Education […]

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