Category Archives: Community

Save Those Gallon Milk Jugs!

As always, we need 100s of gallon milk jugs (the plastic kind) for ammunition for the trebuchet. Be sure to save ‘em and bring ‘em to our meetings later this Summer!

Mayor Berry Announces Collaboration to Leverage Maker Movement

In conjunction with a White House initiative to promote the “maker movement” and acknowledge cities that have taken a leadership role, Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry, Intel Corporation and CNM have announced a collaboration to strengthen the downtown Innovation District.  Intel will be a Strategic Lead Technology Partner and Sponsor for CNM’s new STEMulus Center in downtown Albuquerque.  The announcement comes as the White House hosts its first ever Maker Faire.

Read the full announcement >

National Day of Making! June 18th!

President Obama has proclaimed June 18th the “National Day of Making”. So get yer soldering and sewing and steel cutting kits out and make make make!

Presidential Proclamation — National Day of Making, 2014

 

NATIONAL DAY OF MAKING, 2014

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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

Our Nation is home to a long line of innovators who have fueled our economy and transformed our world. Through the generations, American inventors have lit our homes, propelled humanity into the skies, and helped people across the planet connect at the click of a button. American manufacturers have never stopped chasing the next big breakthrough. As a country, we respond to challenge with discovery, determined to meet our great tests while seeking out new frontiers. During the National Day of Making, we celebrate and carry forward this proud tradition.

Today, more and more Americans are gaining access to 21st century tools, from 3D printers and scanners to design software and laser cutters. Thanks to the democratization of technology, it is easier than ever for inventors to create just about anything. Across our Nation, entrepreneurs, students, and families are getting involved in the Maker Movement. My Administration is increasing their access to advanced design and research tools while organizations, businesses, public servants, and academic institutions are doing their part by investing in makerspaces and mentoring aspiring inventors.

I am committed to helping Americans of all ages bring their ideas to life. Alongside our partners, my Administration is getting tens of thousands of young people involved in making. We are supporting an apprenticeship program for modern manufacturing and encouraging startups to build their products here at home. Because science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) are essential to invention, we launched a decade-long national effort to train 100,000 excellent STEM teachers. And we are expanding STEM AmeriCorps so that this summer, 18,000 low-income students will have learning opportunities in these vital fields.

As we observe this day, I am proud to host the first-ever White House Maker Faire. This event celebrates every maker — from students learning STEM skills to entrepreneurs launching new businesses to innovators powering the renaissance in American manufacturing. I am calling on people across the country to join us in sparking creativity and encouraging invention in their communities.

Today, let us continue on the path of discovery, experimentation, and innovation that has been the hallmark not only of human progress, but also of our Nation’s progress.  Together, let us unleash the imagination of our people, affirm that we are a Nation of makers, and ensure that the next great technological revolution happens right here in America.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 18, 2014, as National Day of Making. 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.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this seventeenth day of June, in the year of our Lord two thousand fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-eighth.

BARACK OBAMA

 

Sign Up to be a Maker or to Volunteer at the 2014 event!

Want to be a Maker? Click here for the sign up form.

Want to volunteer with the Maker Corps and help make the event happen? Click here to sign up.

100 Maker Faires in 2013!

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The Maker mother ship has issued the amazing and encouraging data from this past year in Maker Faires!

More than 530,000 people experienced a Maker Faire in 2013. The robust growth of the Maker Movement is evidenced by the sheer increase of Maker Faire events held across the globe, and in the growth of total attendance:  64% more in 2013 than 2012 — and 335% more than 2011!

Maker Faire Eight Year Growth chart

Read more here:  “The Year of 100 Maker Faires”