June 12, 2018

The Nation Celebrates the Maker Movement with the Capitol Hill Maker Faire!

June 12, 2018  
Capitol Hill Maker Faire

Host   Nation of Makers with IMLS and the Congressional Maker Caucus

Location   Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC

Held on June 12, 2018, the Capitol Hill Maker Faire celebrates the American Maker movement as a part of the National Week of Making (June 11-17, 2018). Preceding the Faire, there will a series of panel discussions with leaders of the Maker movement discussing its impact on the economy, education, and community development. Hosted by the Nation of Makers, along with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Congressional Maker Caucus, the day will explore the maker movement, and provide hands on demonstrations of the breadth of making across the United States.

Driven by engineers, hobbyists, tinkerers, crafters, artists, entrepreneurs and innovators, the U.S. maker movement is changing the face of education, is breathing new life and innovation into American manufacturing, and is strengthening American communities and their economy. It will be a fun and interactive event for members of Congress, staff, and the public.

Time: Panels (9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.) and Faire (5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.)

Panel Location:   Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2044, 45 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, D.C.

Faire Location:    Rayburn House Office Building Cafeteria, 45 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, D.C.

Cost:  Free, but registration requested.

Registration: Register for the panels and the faire, and follow on social media @nationofmakers and #CapMakerFaire.

Panel Schedule:
9:00 a.m.     Opening Remarks
9:30 a.m.     Maker Education: Rethinking the Design of Curriculum, Systems, and  Preparation through the Lens of Making
10:30 a.m.   Museums and Libraries: Community Hubs for Interest- Driven Lifelong Learning
11:30 a.m.    The Federal Government and Making
12:15 p.m.    Concept to Scale: Fostering Entrepreneurship and Workforce Development through Making
1:00 p.m.      Making Community: Leveraging the Power of the Maker Movement to Build Vibrant, Inclusive Communities

*Capitol Hill Maker Faire is independently organized and operated under license from Maker Media, Inc.

Collaborative effort

Nation of Makers has partnered with the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Congressional Maker Caucus to host the Capitol Hill Maker Faire.

About the Institute of Museum and Library Services

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's libraries and museums. We advance, support, and empower America’s museums, libraries, and related organizations through grant making, research, and policy development. Our vision is a nation where museums and libraries work together to transform the lives of individuals and communities. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow IMLS on Facebook and Twitter.

About the Congressional Maker Caucus

The Congressional Maker Caucus is a bi-partisan group of 36 members of the United States Congress who recognize the importance of the community of makers who use technologies such as 3-D printers, CNC machines, laser cutting machines and other manufacturing technologies that enable anyone, from individuals to small and large companies, to craft, build and create, rather than just consume. Follow the Congressional Maker Caucus on Twitter: @MakerCaucus

Our sponsors

We are grateful for the generous support of our sponsors, who are helping us grow the Capitol Hill Maker Faire.

About Maker Faire

Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker Movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning. Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers. They are of all ages and backgrounds. The aim of Maker Faire is to entertain, inform, connect and grow this community.The original Maker Faire event was held in San Mateo, CA and in 2017 celebrated its twelfth annual show with some 1200 makers and 125,000 people in attendance. World Maker Faire New York, the other flagship event, has grown in six years to 900+ makers and 95,000 attendees. Forty larger scale Maker Faires occur in cities around the world—Berlin, Paris, Rome, Tokyo, and Shenzhen to name a few—and over 170 community-driven, independently organized Mini Maker Faires are now being produced in the United States and in 43 other countries around the world.

About Make: Magazine

Make: is the first magazine devoted entirely to Do-It-Yourself (DIY) technology projects. Make: unites, inspires, informs, and entertains a growing community of resourceful people who undertake amazing projects in their backyards, basements, and garages. Make: celebrates your right to tweak, hack, and bend any technology to your will. Download a free issue here. Besides the magazine and the faire, Make: is:

• A vital online stream of news and projects, blog.makezine.com;
• A retail outlet for kits and books, the Maker Shed;
• A steady stream of fun and instruction via our YouTube channel;
Make: Projects, a library of projects with step-by-step instruction;
• A publisher of best-in-category titles via Make: Books, including introductions to electronics, Raspberry Pi, 3D printing, Arduino and more.