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Oregon Institute of Technology Endorses First Ever National Day of Making

Jun 18, 2014
Oregon Tech is proud to promote an environment to create more opportunities for all young people to develop confidence, creativity, and interest in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM), and learning as a whole through making

Responding to President Obama’s call to empower America’s students and entrepreneurs to invent the future — and in conjunction with the first-ever White House Maker Faire being held today — Oregon Tech announced our support of the project as part of a joint letter with other institutions. In a presidential proclamation sent yesterday, President Obama officially announced Wednesday, June 18th as the National Day of Making.

Created as a celebration towards the growing number of Americans devising ways to build a variety of new ideas, the White House began the Maker Faire. In a press release from the White House, the Office of the Press Secretary explained the Maker Faire:

“On Wednesday, June 18, President Obama will host the first ever White House Maker Faire and meet with students, entrepreneurs and everyday citizens who are using new tools and techniques to launch new businesses, learn vital skills in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), and fuel the renaissance in American manufacturing.  The President will also announce new steps the Administration and its partners are taking to support the ability of more Americans, young and old, to have to access to these tools and techniques and brings their ideas to life.

America has always been a nation of tinkerers, inventors, and entrepreneurs. In recent years, a growing number of Americans have gained access to technologies such as 3D printers, laser cutters, easy-to-use design software, and desktop machine tools. These tools are enabling more Americans to design and build almost anything.

The rise of the Maker Movement represents a huge opportunity for the United States. Nationwide, new tools for democratized production are boosting innovation and entrepreneurship in manufacturing, in the same way that the Internet and cloud computing have lowered the barriers to entry for digital startups, creating the foundation for new products and processes that can help to revitalize American manufacturing.

In addition to the Makers at the White House event, June 18 will be a nationwide Day of Making for communities across America to share and celebrate their involvement in the Maker Movement.

To contribute towards this celebration, participants are encouraged to share their creations by using #NationOfMakers to share their projects.”

This event comes on the heels of Oregon Tech summer camps launching as DayDreamers and LEGO camps began their activities on campus on Monday.

Oregon Tech is proud to promote an environment to create more opportunities for all young people to develop confidence, creativity, and interest in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM), and learning as a whole through making.

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