Last Friday, June 17th marked the beginning of Makers Week! What is Makers Week, you ask?
America has always been a nation of tinkerers, inventors, and entrepreneurs… think of Benjamin Franklin, Benjamin Banneker, George Washington Carver, Ida B. Wells, Henry Ford, Grace Hopper, and so many more. In recent years, more and more Americans have gained access to technologies that support making, such as 3D printers, laser cutters, easy-to-use design software, and desktop machine tools, along with freely available information about how to use, modify, and build upon these technologies. Such resources, in combination with growing networks of maker enthusiasts and crowd-funding platforms, are enabling more Americans to design and build almost anything.
To celebrate this year’s National Week of Making (June 17-23), the White House will be announcing new actions by organizations as well as by recognizing individuals who are making significant contributions to Making and the Maker Movement. Help us celebrate that week by sharing stories of the countless leaders, innovators, entrepreneurs, and educators who work daily within their local communities across the country. (Source: www.thewhitehouse.gov)
To help the Nation celebrate … Society of Women Engineers – SWE has teamed up with Design Squad Global, The Connectory and National Girls Collaborative Project and developed the #GrowMakers TweetChat … Growing a Nation of Makers on June 21st at 12p EST. The TweetChat questions will be posted via @DesignSquad; make sure you’re following along and using hashtag: #GrowMakers.
We couldn’t have done this without our TweetChat panelists:
- Afterschool Alliance
- NCWIT: The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) is a non-profit change leader network of more than 700 universities, companies, non-profits, and government organizations nationwide working to increase women’s meaningful participation in computing. NCWIT equips change leaders with resources and platforms for taking action in recruiting, retaining, and advancing women from K–12 and higher education through industry and entrepreneurial careers.
- TECHNOLOchicas: In an effort to narrow the gap between potential talent and technological opportunities, the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) and Televisa Foundation launched TECHNOLOchicas, a national initiative designed to raise awareness among young Latinas and their families about opportunities and careers in technology by featuring the powerful stories of five Latinas from diverse backgrounds and environments who share a passion for technology and its power to change the world: Janet Barrientos, Madeline Martinez, Natalia Rodriguez, Jessica Santana, and Janeth Vargas.
- iDtechCamps: They’re deeply passionate about empowering the next generation of coders, app developers, game designers, engineers, and innovators. For the last 17 years, our family-operated, employee-owned company has been enriching the lives of students.
- FIRST Inspires: The mission of FIRST is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting Mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.
As a panelists, these companies will be participating as influencers in the TweetChat. Make sure to follow them and watch out for “shout out Tweets” during the TweetChat from @SWEtalk … we’ll be sending links out to their websites for your information!
Don’t know how to participate in a TweetChat? Check out our “How-To” blog post.