White House to Announce its First-Ever Maker Faire [Video]

The White House announced its plan to host a Maker Faire later this year.

Inspired by a kid and a marshmallow cannon, the president’s administration unveiled its plans to hold its first-ever official Maker Faire, bringing a celebration of numerous fields of science, not to mention the ground zero of the do-it-yourself world, to the home of the leader of the free world.

“For those unfamiliar with Maker Faires, they are a series of what might be called science fairs on steroids. First held in San Mateo, Calif., in 2006, and launched by the people behind Make magazine, they are a celebration of all things scientific, creative, magical, crafty, and wonderful,” explains Cnet.

“In essence, Maker Faires, which are now held in more than 100 locations around the world, including a New York event that attracts 75,000 people each year, are the beating heart of the DIY movement. All told, the events have had more than 1.5 million attendees since 2006.”

Two years ago, the U.S. president told reporters that he was inspired by a visit to the White House’s East Room by 16-year-old Joey Hudy, who wowed him by firing off a marshmallow cannon.

The kid, now famous as Joey “Marshmallow” Hudy, brought Obama a business card at the time that read, “Don’t be bored, make something.”

By the way, last week when the U.S. president was delivering his annual State of the Union speech some journalists noticed Hudy sitting in First Lady Michelle Obama’s box – a clear sign that as any that the White House is behind the ideals of the maker movement.

“I’m so excited,” the kid said after fired his marschmallow to Obama. “This is amazing and I’m glad I don’t have to keep it a secret anymore. I’m very glad and honored that I got to be the one announcing it.”

Joey said Maker Faire shows kids how much fun making can be: “This Maker Faire this will help more schools and the world understand how important science technology and engineering education (STEM) is,” the boy explained. “The maker movement is the future.”

In a blog post including the statement about the news, obtained by Tom Kalil, deputy director for technology and innovation at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and Jason Miller, special assistant to the president for manufacturing policy at the National Economic Council, they explain:

“We will release more details on the event soon, but it will be an opportunity to highlight both the remarkable stories of Makers like Joey and commitments by leading organizations to help more students and entrepreneurs get involved in making things.”

Kalil and Miller also revealed that the Obama Administration intends to launch “an all-hands-on-deck effort to provide even more students and entrepreneurs access to the tools, spaces, and mentors needed to make.”

The White House that plans to hold several initiatives that are believed to encourage industry, universities, municipalities, and foundations to support the maker movement – said that those who are interested in getting involved in the event can send photos, videos, or descriptions of their projects to maker@ostp.gov, or can tweet them using the hashtag “IMadeThis.”

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