The 2017 National Week of Making celebrates the ingenuity and diversity of the American Maker Community—all of YOU! To have a successful Week of Making, we need YOUR participation.
There are many different ways you can contribute to the success of the National Week of Making. Here are some ways that YOU can get involved:
Tell your Story as a Maker, Maker Educator or Maker Advocate
Are you a Maker with an innovative project or an interesting story? Do you know someone who has been an amazing advocate for supporting the Maker community in your city or town? If so, we want to get to know him/her. In the run up to the Week of Making, we’ll be featuring profiles of incredible Makers, Maker Educators and Maker Advocates across the U.S. on the Week of Making site.
To tell your story, submit a profile here.
Host an Event
Whether you’re one person, a maker space, hacker space, community center, university, company, non-profit, federal or local agency, community leader, or other organization or entity, you can organize a maker event or activity during the week and invite others in your community to participate. The event can be big or small, for youth, adults, or both. It doesn’t matter as long as you’re having fun and making something! Once you’ve created your event, let everyone know by submitting it to our National Week of Making Map, so others can learn about it.
If you need some ideas, below is a snapshot of amazing events that took place throughout the country in recent years:
- East Central High School (San Antonio, TX) offered an electronics and hardware programming course.
- Muncie Public Library (Muncie IN) hosted a series of courses focused on designing, prototyping, and building things that fly.
- Hofstra University (Hempstead, NY) organized iDesign student conferences to engage 6th-9th graders in designing and creating digital games.
- The Alamance Makers Guild (Burlington, NC) hosted the Burlington Makeover Takeover, a free community celebration where Makers shared their projects, from wood turning to upcycled toys.
To get your event noticed, submit it here.
Attend an Event
Find an event in your community that you’re interested in and participate! Extra brownie points if you bring friends or family members with you. To check out the events near you, visit here.
Capture the Moment
Send us photos and videos of your National Week of Making workshops, projects, and events, so we can feature them on NationofMakers.org. Make sure to include a brief description of the photo or video (i.e. location, event) and to provide photo/video credit. Send photos to: firstname.lastname@example.org, with the Subject line: [Photos] Week of Making 2017.
Make A Commitment
Announce your organization or agency’s commitment to the maker movement in 2017. Commitments are simply a public announcement of your organization or agency’s intent to commit to an action around making. Some examples of possible commitments are:
- Committing to hosting or sponsoring a monthly community Maker Town Hall with other maker organizations in your local area
- Committing to create a prize challenge or other competition that invites makers to solve a community challenge
- Committing to funding a granting or micro-granting program in partnership with a local or national organization
- Committing to a partnership with a local school system to create new opportunities for maker education
- Committing to partnering with a disaster relief agency or group to provide makers/hackers who can ideate and make for social good
Commitments can be new or renewed, but should demonstrate an impact to a large community, clear, measurable, outcomes, and should not be publicly announced prior to to this year’s National Week of Making. For an example of last year’s commitments, please see click here.
Tell Nation of Makers about the commitment that your organization would like to make here.