From June 17 -23, 2016 the White House, in conjunction with groups from around the country, will celebrate the National Week of Making. The effort promotes the experiences that inspire creativity in students and spark interest in STEM Careers. iGive.com is excited to see several participating retailers taking a key role in promoting this effort.
AT&T Aspire is joining in this movement and collaborating with two organization that help to broaden participation in inventing among young people.
- Bitsbox will launch a home-based making and coding education pilot. Their goals is to double the overall number of young people making apps on the Bitsbox website to more than 1.2 million and are working explicitly to reach thousands of youth in under-represented communities.
- Maker Media, with support from AT&T and several other companies, is committing to engage over 1 million kids nationally over the next 12 months in hands-on project based learning through online Maker Camps, Maker Faires and School Maker Faires.
The National Week of Making coincides with the National Maker Faire June 18-19 in Washington, D.C., that features makers from across the country and will include participation of numerous Federal Agencies such as the Department of Education, National Science Foundation, Small Business Administration, Department of Commerce, Department of Health and Human Services, National Endowment of the Arts, Institute of Museum and Library Services, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Corporation for National and Community Service, and the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. This event is sponsored by Barnes & Noble, Intel, Microsoft, Radio Shack and many others.