Week of Making

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Today marks the start of the National Week of Making, a nationwide celebration of the DIY, grassroots wave of innovators known as the Maker Movement.

NSF’s early investments in fundamental technologies and techniques – such as our support of additive manufacturing and engaging manufacturing education programs – helped enable the maker movement. And our mission is in sync with maker ideals. We fund the pioneers: curious, motivated scientists and engineers who innovate and discover new insights into our world.

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As part of the Week of Making, NSF is inviting proposals on how Making can contribute to STEM education, citizen engineering and American innovation. We want to better understand how STEM learning and maker activities are connected, and how we can use this knowledge to improve both learning and teaching. NSF-funded projects will also be featured at this year’s National Maker Faire, held in DC. Are you a maker? Share your creations with me using #WeekofMaking or #nationofmakers (and maybe make your own version of the NSF logo!).

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Photos (top to bottom): A robot made by Jasmine Hoapili of Kapi’olani Community College, credit: Jasmine Hoapili; a hands-on “pipette by number” activity which will be featured at the Maker Faire, credit: Carlin Hsueh, World Biotech Tour, ASTC; NSF-funded maker Bayan Kelly with one of his hand-made electric guitars, credit: Bayan Kelly, Kapi’olani Community College.