In April the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy announced a Week of Making which started on 6/12 and runs through 6/18. The Week is being held in part in celebration of the one-year anniversary of the first ever Maker Faire at the White House. During that first Faire President Obama said:
Maker-related events and activities can inspire more people to pursue careers in design, advanced manufacturing, and the related fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and possibly take their creations to the next level and become entrepreneurs.
There have already been several posts on this blog about Maker Spaces. Remember this one‘ from October where blogger Candice Mack describes her own experience at getting more familiar with the Makerscene?
Among up-and-coming Maker Spaces, one new kid on the block is Chicago Public Library. I had a chance to speak with Ruth Lednicer, Director of Marketing on Press, on plans for their new hands-on learning environment. If you will be attending ALA’s upcoming annual conference‘ this June, you should get a sneak peak if you visit the Harold Washington Library, the central library for the Chicago Public system.
Let’s take a look to see how this space will work and who the audience will be! Continue reading