Dr. Karen Wosczyna-Birch at White House for National Week of Making

Today kicks off the National Week of Making, a celebration of the Maker Movement and all maker initiatives around the United States. Events include an invitation-only gathering of 50 maker leaders - one from each state- at the White House which our PI and Executive Director, Dr. Karen Wosczyna-Birch is attending. Participants will discuss maker initiatives in their own states and how to ensure the continued expansion of the Maker Movement. Another exciting event will be the National Maker Faire taking place over the weekend.

Here at the Regional Center for Next Generation Manufacturing we have embraced the Maker Movement as a forum for teaching the community that if you have an interest in making at home, there are educational pathways that can turn those interests into a career in an engineering or technology field, such as manufacturing. We were able to demonstrate this last October during our first Greater Hartford Mini Maker Faire at Tunxis Community College. Over 1500 attendees were able to interact with over 45 makers of all ages and backgrounds. We also sponsor and participate in other Maker Faires in New England such as the Champlain Mini Maker Faire and the Rhode Island Maker Faire - East Bay Edition.

For more information on these events:

Greater Hartford Mini Maker Faire

Week of Making

National Maker Faire