We’re excited to announce the first annual Greenbelt Mini Maker Faire, April 5, 2014, hosted by GreenSTEMs Inc. and the Club125 Makerspace of Greenbelt MD.
Our first order of business is to issue our Call For Makers, an open invitation for you (we are all makers) to submit a proposal to participate in our festival and showcase of the Maker Movement.
There is no cost to participate (unless you sell stuff), and we’re looking for all types of people: kids. school clubs. professional engineers. tech companies; and all types of “maker” projects: robotics, jewelry, toys, food, music, computer animation, go-karts, clowns, electric cars, furniture, etc.
Not yet a maker? Come join us and let us show you how wrong you are! Attendance is free, but you need to get a ticket to register from some great door prizes!
Our Mini Maker Faire celebrates Greenbelt’s proud history of making great things, and great things happen, as we look toward a bright future.
We start with the making of the town itself, transformed from tobacco fields into a public cooperative community as a New Deal Era project of the U.S. Resettlement Administration.
Today, just over 75 years later, Greenbelt is home to NASA’a Goddard Space Flight Center with projects that span the solar system and view the universe.
And we ask, what do you want to make today?
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As published on the whitehouse blog, there are many ways to help Makers make more Makers. If I had a top four list, I doubt it would be much different…
Later this year, the Administration will launch an all-hands-on-deck effort to provide even more students and entrepreneurs access to the tools, spaces, and mentors needed to Make. There are many ways in which, in addition to the contributions of thousands of individual Makers, companies, universities, mayors and communities, and foundations, and philanthropists can get involved. For example:
- Companies could support Maker-spaces in schools and after-school programs, provide their employees with time off to serve as mentors, be “anchor tenants” for makerspaces like Ford’s partnership with TechShop, or, for multi-channel retailers, provide access to consumers for innovative Maker start-ups.
- Universities could add a “Maker Portfolio” option as part of their admissions process, create more Maker spaces on campus for students and the community, and support research in advancing the development of better hardware and software tools at national, regional, and local levels, such as the equipment in MIT’s FabLabs.
- Mayors and communities could pursue initiatives like design/production districtsthat allow entrepreneurs to create more jobs or initiatives that expand access to Marker spaces, mentorship, and educational opportunities through their schools,libraries, museums, and community organizations.
- Foundations and philanthropists could provide matching grants to communities that are interested in embracing Making, in the spirit of Andrew Carnegie’s support for public libraries. In particular, the Administration has called for special efforts to ensure that girls and under-represented minorities are included in such STEM opportunities.
I’m looking forward to see all of the above happen! Head over to Club125, online or in person, and let’s discuss how we can help others help us.
We need to get our logo designed and some t-shirt slogans selected. In honor of the great Seahawk victory last night, I give you the Seattle logo to review for an idea of our competition! I’m thinking about combining elements of the logos from around the Greenbelt area, plus a robot of course.
For slogans, here are a few… what do you think?
- Fear NOT The Maker
- We are all makers
- We are GO for Making
- The Maker Awakens
- Make Cake – Feed The Maker
- Make Music Not Noise
- Make… Make One. Teach… Make Many.
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