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Maker Faire

June 14, 2016 16:46 ET

National Maker Faire Kicks Off the National Week of Making in Washington D.C.

Barnes & Noble Joins as a Platinum Sponsor in Response to the Nation's Call for Tech Literacy

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - June 14, 2016) - Maker Faire, the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth, returns to Washington, D.C., this weekend for the second annual National Maker Faire. Free and open to all, National Maker Faire has become a Flagship Faire among the 190 Maker Faires that will happen worldwide in 2016. The event takes place on the University of the District of Columbia campus with exhibits by makers, entrepreneurs, tinkerers, hackers, and inventors from across the nation. Together with the Nation of Makers and the White House Office of Science and Technology, National Maker Faire will welcome thousands of participants to enjoy this free family-friendly event that celebrates and showcases science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Don't be surprised to see something unusual -- that's just a usual part of the creativity and fun that is Maker Faire!

What: National Maker Faire 2016

Where: University of the District of Columbia, 4200 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington D.C. 20008


  • Saturday, June 18; 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 19; 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

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Produced by Make: and, National Maker Faire is an integral part of the National Week of Making, running June 17-23, 2016, as proclaimed by President Obama. The National Week of Making is focused on broadening participation and fostering a culture to support a nation of "makers of things, not just consumers of things." Additionally, the White House will announce new actions by organizations as well as recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the Maker Movement.

"We are committed to effecting cultural change," said Dale Dougherty, Make: founder and CEO, who co-founded Maker Faire in 2006. "The best and most effective way to do that is to influence the next generation. We want to help today's students grow their talents and interests in STEM and STEAM pursuits so that they are prepared to effectively participate in a fast-changing world. Maker Faire also shows students how pursuing making as a professional can be a legitimate and indeed, lucrative career path."

As the Platinum sponsor, Barnes & Noble has taken a leadership position in what it means to be literate in the 21st century by pledging to continue to focus on educational initiatives and providing products that are science- and technology-based, designed to influence and inspire future generations. Over the weekend, adults and children of all ages will be able to have hands-on learning experiences with some of the best products available in the market. Construct something incredible with Magformers building sets, create something unique with the 3Doodler Pen, explore the basic principles of mechanical engineering with Vex and see an incredible preview into augmented reality with Spinmaster's new Hover Drone. Even the youngest makers will be able to construct and build with LEGO® Duplo® in a dedicated play space within the Barnes & Noble Pop-Up Shop.

Additionally, attendees at this free family-friendly event will have the opportunity to interact with such technologies as electronic instruments, 3D printers, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) projects, textiles, crafting activities, homemade robots, and other exhibits. The event showcases inventors from the local DC metropolitan area, as well as makers representing communities across America.

This year, among the government agencies planning to exhibit at National Maker Faire are the USDA, which shares a space with young makers from the local 4-H Club; the Department of Energy showcasing its 3D-print initiative to make wind blade molds; the National Institute of Standards and Technology measuring in nanos; and the Navy proudly showing off its outfitted Maker Trailer. Meanwhile, the Institute of Museum and Library Services presents on the "New Framework" that the Maker Movement offers to its institutions, and the National Endowment for the Arts helms a panel discussion on "Making It Better: Artists Advancing Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in their Communities."

2016 highlights include:

  • An interactive project area for kids hosted by Maker Camp. Attendees are invited to use stencils and fabric markers to create their own T-shirt and maybe even make a gift for dad this Father's Day.
  • Winners of the White House's "Champions of Change" award, chosen because they exemplify and foster the "maker mindset" of curiosity, collaborative problem-solving, and creative confidence which are vital to the modern innovation economy.
  • Pick a lock like the cat burglars and secret agents you see in the movies with hands-on insight from the D.C. chapter of the Open Organization of Lockpickers. Attendees will learn how everyday locks operate and open, even without keys!
  • Serial entrepreneur and co-founder Jeff Hoffman, who presents on the state of the global Maker Movement.
  • Pixar Animation Studios' director of photography Danielle Feinberg will talk about how her passion has also taken her into a mentor role with Made with Code, encouraging teenage girls to pursue math, science, and coding.
  • Direct from Maker Faire Cairo, learn about the makers of 11th century and the inventions they created that still resonate today during a screening of The Fascinating World of Ibn Al-Haytham, followed by a discussion with the filmmaker.
  • Learn how the Smithsonian's Laser Cowboys 3D-scanned the Apollo 11 Command Module, because you'll soon be able to do it yourself at home!
  • Learn the real science behind TV's Big Bang Theory with the author of a new book that explains it all.
  • The popular Learn to Solder tent that offers plenty of help in a safe, fun environment. Learning to solder is a key maker skill -- plus you'll take away a great LED pin that lights up.
  • Discover what a Chaos Machine is, does, and how only your imagination can limit it!
  • Hear NASA astronaut Alvin Drew talk about his work helping to construct the International Space Station using a 50-foot robotic arm and during two space walks.

National Maker Faire is just one of the many activities happening across the U.S. and the world during this 2016 Summer of Making. Kicking off with National Week of Making and National Maker Faire, the Summer of Making includes Maker Camp, which begins on July 11 as a free, online camp just for kids ages 7-12. Look for special projects and books to be featured on makezine to help everyone get making all summer long!

About Maker Faire

Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth -- a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness, and celebration of the Maker Movement. It's a place where people of all ages and backgrounds gather together to show what they are making and share what they are learning.

Maker Faire will celebrate 190 Faires in 2016 in 35 countries around the world. The 11th annual Maker Faire Bay Area welcomed some 1,300 Makers and 150,000 attendees. World Maker Faire New York, the East Coast flagship event, has grown in five years to 930+ Makers and 95,000 attendees.

Maker Media seeks to create positive change in the world by inspiring and empowering everyone to become a Maker. Through our signature brand, Maker Faire, we have the largest event network that engages Makers around the world and under our Make: publishing brand, we produce Make: magazine, the how-to "bible" of the Maker movement, along with websites, books, and kits. Founded in 2005, and headquartered in San Francisco, Maker Media caters to a universe of more than 25 million Makers across its properties.

About Nation of Makers is a Washington, DC-based nonprofit organization focused on broadening participation in Making, and providing opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) for all. is proud to be a co-producer of the National Maker Faire, celebrating the ingenuity, creativity, and diversity of America's Maker Community. The team is composed of individuals from the DC Mini Maker Faire Production Team (Revolution by Design, Ideaspace, AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellows, and the local DC Maker Community).

Calendar Editors

National Maker Faire will take place at the University of the District of Columbia in Washington, DC, on Saturday & Sunday, June 18 & 19, 2016. 4200 Connecticut Ave., NW. Open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. Tickets are free via World Maker Faire New York 2016 is slated for Saturday-Sunday, October 1-2, at the New York Hall of Science in Queens, New York. Save the dates for Maker Faire Bay Area 2017 at the San Mateo Event Center in San Mateo, CA, on Friday-Sunday, May 19-21, 2017. Find a Maker Faire near you at More information about Maker Faire can be found at

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National Maker Faire 2016 Sponsors

National Maker Faire 2016 Sponsors: Platinum Sponsor: Barnes & Noble; Goldsmith: Intel, Microsoft, RadioShack; Silversmith: BOSEbuild, Cognizant, Lowe's Innovation Labs.

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