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Introducing: Nation of Makers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Nation of Makers
NoMTransitionGroup@gmail.com

More than 300 organizations come together to launch Nation of Makers
New non-profit organization will ensure that more Americans have access to the spaces, communities, and tools that enable them to make things, not just consume things.
MARYLAND (November 15, 2016) – The grassroots Maker Movement has, and continues to, impact entrepreneurship, education, economic and workforce development, manufacturing, community revitalization and technology inclusion in the U.S. To build upon existing efforts and to continue to grow the coalition of diverse organizations supporting the maker community, we are proud to announce the creation of an independent non-profit called Nation of Makers. The organization will serve and represent a wide variety of spaces, events, and institutions serving makers, including non-profit organizations, museums, libraries, science centers, educational institutions, foundations and for-profit companies.

Nation of Makers is working with leaders from the maker community in all 50 states and has received more than 300 letters of support from hackerspaces, makerspaces, companies, libraries, local government and economic development agencies across the U.S. who have already experienced the positive impact of the Maker Movement locally, and are committed to continuing to foster the growth and inclusivity of the maker community. In honor of Global Entrepreneurship Week USA, Nation of Makers celebrates the entrepreneurship represented by the American maker community.

“Giving more Americans the opportunity to make, invent and create is critical to our future,” said Tom Kalil, Deputy Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. “Making can inspire more young people to excel in STEM education, promote entrepreneurship in manufacturing, and empower more people to solve problems in their communities.”

Makers are developing innovative solutions to important local and global problems, creating new products that are produced locally and building vibrant communities where small businesses can thrive. Some examples of the ways these efforts are taking shape include efforts in:

  • Chicago, IL,  where makers from the broader Chicago community are prototyping everything from energy storage devices and wearable electronics to food packaging and furniture at The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Chicago.

  • Anchorage, AK, where the MAKE Partnership is matching federal dollars to support trainings and workshops hosted by the Anchorage Makerspace that are geared towards manufacturing start-ups and maker entrepreneurs.

  • Macon, GA, where SparkMacon is empowering entrepreneurs to launch businesses in the broader Macon-Bibb county.

  • Brookings, SD, where Brookings Economic Development Corporation has opened Brookings Area Makerspace located at South Dakota State University, a shared workshop and creative space open to students, faculty and community members.

  • Kingsport, TN, where the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce is supporting and celebrating the creation of a new makerspace at the Kingsport  Public Library.

Founding Board Members of Nation of Makers include makers Harley DuBois, co-founder of Burning Man, Pamela Jennings, Professor for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Winston-Salem State University, Adam Savage, head of Tested.com, and Stephanie Santoso, former White House Senior Advisor for Making.

Nation of Makers will support the full range of organizations that impact makers by encouraging connections, broadly sharing resources, facilitating funding opportunities, engaging in policy development, and advocating for the Maker Movement. The organization will help maker organizations amplify the passion, innovation, creativity, and diversity of the maker community, and maximize both its local and global impact.

For more examples of the amazing ways makers are making a difference in their local communities, please visit the Nation of Makers website at www.nationofmakers.us

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Develop Professionally with Maker Ed.

Mapping Making: Charting a Path for Your Maker Educator Practice

Fall 2016 online courseedu training

Maker Ed.’s Mapping Making: Charting a Path for your Maker Educator Practice is made up of five-session online modules that introduce you to important aspects of making and maker education. Each module takes you through a cycle of making, reflecting, sharing, and implementing with the goal of mapping out key elements of your maker practice:

  • Community
  • Space / Curriculum
  • Tools & Materials

As you take these elements into account, engage in the modules, and reflect on your experience, as well as the experiences of your peers, we will map out these three elements, and their potential intersections, related to your maker practice. By the end of the course, you with have a detailed “next-steps” plan based on your specific goals, needs, and educational environment. The “next-steps” plan is your final course assignment and is due Dec. 4th.

Maker Educator Position Announcement

Apply to be a Maker Educator at the Newark Museum

Position Title:                                Part Time MakerSPACE Educator
Department:                                   Education
Reporting Relationship:              Reports to MakerSPACE Manager
Opening Date:                                September 30, 2016
Closing Date:                                  October 14, 2016

Position Objective:
Under the supervision of the MakerSPACE Manager, the MakerSPACE Educator will be responsible for delivering youth, family, and adult ‘maker’ programs connected to the Museum’s collections.  The MakerSPACE Educator will also assist in developing innovative and experimental uses of the MakerSPACE in connection to the whole Museum.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist the Museum’s education department in designing and planning creative hands-on ‘maker’ lessons and programs for children, families, and adults.
  • Welcome and engage visitors to the MakerSPACE including facilitating drop-in activities and hands-on interactives.
  • Lead formal and informal program and activities in the Museum’s MakerSPACE, including drop-in activities, community events, workshops, and school programs.
  • Conduct research on the museum’s collections, exhibitions and MakerSPACE applications.
  • Document projects using photography, video and writing.
  • Work with the Director of Interpretation and Evaluation to evaluate and assess maker activities using provided observational rubrics and structured formal and informal interviews.
  • Facilitate the operation of tools and maintain a safe environment for visitors.
  • Maintain tools in proper working and safe condition including Mill, lathe, CNC Router, Laser cutter, 3D printers and more.
  • Keep up-to-date inventory or supplies and materials and maintain organization of inventory.

Qualifications:

  • Working toward or holding a Bachelor’s Degree in education, art, technology or related field.
  • Knowledge of art, science, technology, and computer science.
  • One or more years’ experience working with children in an educational setting, i.e., school teacher, enrichment program, after-school programs, and summer camp.
  • Familiarity with project-based learning and child development.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Familiarity with specialized MakerSPACE equipment, like 3D printers, computer programming and Arduino microcontrollers.

Send letter of application and resume to:

Human Resources

Newark Museum

49 Washington Street

Newark, NJ 07102

humanresources@newarkmuseum.org

Maker Depot’s 1st Annual MAKERFEST

Maker Depot

First Annual Makerfest

Sunday, August 28, 2016 | 11 am to 5 pm

Vendors

We’re looking for everyone Maker, DIY, and STEM related to show off their wares and talents at this rain or shine, outdoor event including: DIY, woodworking, robotics, 3D print, laser cutting, crafting, fabrication and more.  We have space for up to 84, generous 10+’ booths. Your first booth is free, and includes tickets for four. Email us with questions on purchasing additional booth space.

Sponsorship opportunities for banners and advertising are also available.

Download your exhibitor application today.  Booths are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Attendees

Tickets available soon through Eventbrite! Advance ticket discounts available through August 27.

Click here to purchase tickets today.

Live demonstrations throughout the day!

Partial exhibitor list:

Habitat for HumanityJackie Stier Copper Creations ♦ GirlznDollz ♦ Rusty Old Man Art ♦ Tesla Science Center  ♦ Tech101KidsArtist So Yoon LymIvy Lane Garden Art  ♦ Twisted Creativity ♦ RoByn Thompson Art  ♦ felt.
JP Leathercraft  ♦ Bloxels  ♦  Printed Solid  ♦ Crooked Teeth Keys ♦ JDroids

Manufactures Day coming in October

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MFG DAY addresses common misconceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is — and what it isn’t. By working together during and after MFG DAY, manufacturers will begin to address the skilled labor shortage they face, connect with future generations, take charge of the public image of manufacturing, and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the whole industry.

Supported by a group of industry sponsors and co-producers, MFG DAY is designed to amplify the voice of individual manufacturers and coordinate a collective chorus of manufacturers with common concerns and challenges. The rallying point for a growing mass movement, MFG DAY empowers manufacturers to come together to address their collective challenges so they can help their communities and future generations thrive.

New Jersey Educators create Hands-On Coding


 

In January of 2016, President Obama announced his bold “Computer Science for All” initiative.  This plan calls for all students across the country to learn computer science. Myself, Marcos Navas and Joann Presby recently launched an Indiegogo Campaign that supports this initiative.  Our campaign is two-fold; to provide Hands-On Coding Block manipulatives along with a Book Series that bridges the gap between Computer Science and Literacy. The goal of our Coding Blocks is to help Computer Science become pervasive in the lives of all children.  

Maker Meet Up: June 30th @ 6:30 pm – 9pm

Newark Makers Meetup:
“Munchies at the Museum”
Thursday, June 30th 6:30 PM at the NJIT Campus Eberhadt Hall, 323 Dr. MLK Blvd

Newark Makers 06.30.16 Meetup MeetupHello Newark Makers,
Our next Meetup is all about food and starting a food business.
Maybe you want to bottle that awesome hot sauce, or produce and package your favorite cookies, or even start a restaurant. Our guest speaker, Lou Cooperhouse is just the right person to meet and seek valuable guidance. Lou runs the Rutgers University’s Food Innovation Center, a unique business incubation and economic development accelerator program specifically designed to get a food business off the ground. Lou’s team can help with formulation, packaging, pricing strategies and other challenges you will encounter as you commercialize your product. You can learn more about Lou’s program at the link below, but better yet, come meet him in person:

We are also going to have displays from Newark’s own Food Entrepreneurs. Come meet your local Wine Makers, Sausage Makers, Nuts Distributors, Ice Cream Makers and world-class baked goods such as the classic Joeys Black and White cookie. These are all companies located right here in Newark and are thriving in the food industry. As a special treat, we invited the Taqueria Autentica food tuck to the Museum grounds to serve us awesome refreshments directly from their truck. All food will be free of charge for the first 30 members who sign up.

 

makerhoodsFinally,Makerhoods.org will be describing the new development of affordable live/work community coming to Newark. Find out how to qualify for this unique development which dedicates a portion of its space to local entrepreneurs who need affordable shop space or a store front.

Be a part of the Nation of Makers

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National Maker Faire, June 18-19th!

National Maker Faire

Help support Maker Education through Maker Corps

What does a Maker Corps Member do?
Maker Corps Members are maker-in-residences at participating organizations. Our Maker Corps 2016 partner sites represent an inclusive spectrum of youth-serving organizations and programs with many museums, libraries, schools and school districts, science centers, after-school and community-based programs– and because Maker Ed recognizes and encourages a wide variety of making– every partner site is unique in their program offerings and audience. Read about our past Maker Corps partners here.

Who can apply?
Maker Corps Members come from a large variety of backgrounds and levels of experience. Ideal Maker Corps Members possess:

  • Interest in creativity, DIY art and science projects, and making things.
  • Passion for educating.
  • Ability to engage effectively with children, adults, and organization staff.
  • Excellent leadership, communication, and presentation skills.
  • Awareness and sensitivity in interacting with diverse populations.

Curious about past Maker Corps Members? We have a profile series featuring past Maker Corps Members: Meet a Maker.

Requirements:

  • 50% of a Maker Corps Member’s time must be dedicated to direct service– engaging children and families in creative making opportunities, while gaining experience serving as a community leader. Maker Corps Members will also spend a portion of their time as makers-in-residence, focused on developing ideas and programs for their partner site.
  • Maker Corps Members are required to participate in the Maker Corps online community by contributing stories, photos, reflections, etc.
  • Applicants must live, or be willing to relocate to, a community hosting a Maker Corps program. Note that the Maker Ed will not cover any additional moving and/or housing expenses. However, some partner sites may provide assistance. Please inquire specifically about these needs in your application.

Submit your application today! Questions? Contact makercorps@makered.org