Manufactures Day coming in October

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MFG DAY addresses common misconceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is — and what it isn’t. By working together during and after MFG DAY, manufacturers will begin to address the skilled labor shortage they face, connect with future generations, take charge of the public image of manufacturing, and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the whole industry.

Supported by a group of industry sponsors and co-producers, MFG DAY is designed to amplify the voice of individual manufacturers and coordinate a collective chorus of manufacturers with common concerns and challenges. The rallying point for a growing mass movement, MFG DAY empowers manufacturers to come together to address their collective challenges so they can help their communities and future generations thrive.

New Jersey Educators create Hands-On Coding


 

In January of 2016, President Obama announced his bold “Computer Science for All” initiative.  This plan calls for all students across the country to learn computer science. Myself, Marcos Navas and Joann Presby recently launched an Indiegogo Campaign that supports this initiative.  Our campaign is two-fold; to provide Hands-On Coding Block manipulatives along with a Book Series that bridges the gap between Computer Science and Literacy. The goal of our Coding Blocks is to help Computer Science become pervasive in the lives of all children.  

How are you celebrating the National Week of Making?

Presidential Proclamation — National Week of Making, 2016

NATIONAL WEEK OF MAKING, 2016

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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
A PROCLAMATION

The same American spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship that has steered our Nation through the industrial and digital revolutions — and led our people to explore the depths of the oceans and the distant planets in our solar system — has enabled us to reimagine our world through new ideas and discoveries. Since our earliest days, makers, artists, and inventors have driven our economy and transformed how we live by taking risks, collaborating, and drawing on their talents and imaginations to make our Nation more dynamic and interconnected. During National Week of Making, we recommit to sparking the creative confidence of all Americans and to giving them the skills, mentors, and resources they need to harness their passion and tackle some of our planet’s greatest challenges.

Today, Americans of all ages have the ability to connect and showcase their creativity through a growing maker movement. Technologies like 3D printing and desktop machine tools are rapidly lowering the costs of production; additional sources of capital such as crowdfunding are reducing barriers to getting started; and the democratization of technology is empowering more makers, helping to boost entrepreneurship and stimulate American manufacturing. Over the last 6 years, we have added over 800,000 manufacturing jobs and introduced next-generation manufacturing hubs. Just as the personal computer and the Internet transformed our Nation over the last several decades, these new opportunities can inspire the next generation of students, innovators, and entrepreneurs to carry forward our legacy of ingenuity.

In 2014, I launched the Nation of Makers initiative to ensure more Americans of all ages and backgrounds have greater opportunities to design, build, and manufacture. My Administration is taking steps to foster “maker mindsets” by promoting skills like creative problem-solving, and to support the development of collaborative maker spaces so aspiring makers and manufacturers can turn their bold ideas into realities. I am proud that so many people across our country have already joined in this effort. Mayors have hosted maker roundtables and town halls; Federal agencies have worked with schools, libraries, recreation centers, and museums to create maker spaces, curricula, and tools to help students learn the design process; and private businesses and other local collaborators have empowered individuals with the entrepreneurial resources and skills they need to launch companies and sell their products.

Together we must continue to expand opportunity for generations to come by working to eliminate the digital divide and reduce existing skill and confidence gaps. We must prepare young people for the jobs of the future by equipping them with the analytical skills needed to solve problems and the computer science and hardware development skills required to power our innovation economy. It is critical that we support the types of hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning experiences — in both formal and informal environments — that students encounter through making, which can help unlock their full potential and ignite their enthusiasm for the careers of tomorrow. That is why we are prioritizing investment in STEM teaching and active learning, expanding access to rigorous STEM courses like computer science, encouraging more opportunities in communities of greatest need, and working to get underrepresented students, including women and minorities, involved to increase diversity in STEM fields.

Across our country, Americans are attending all types of maker events and workshops — from studios in small towns to the streets of our Nation’s capital — to share their incredible inventions and ideas with others and to inspire all of us to join in the creative process. As we celebrate the power of American ingenuity, I invite communities to build on this progress by encouraging citizens to be creators and by working together to ensure that spaces for making are available anywhere Americans live, work, play, and learn. This week, let us turn today’s sketches and dreams into tomorrow’s “Made in America” labels, and let us embrace the audacious spirit of human curiosity that is embedded in our DNA.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 17 through June 23, 2016, as National Week of Making. I call upon all Americans to observe this week with programs, ceremonies, celebrations, and activities that encourage a new generation of makers and manufacturers to share their talents, solutions, and skills.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this sixteenth day of June, in the year of our Lord two thousand sixteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and fortieth.

BARACK OBAMA

Maker Meet Up: June 30th @ 6:30 pm – 9pm

Newark Makers Meetup:
“Munchies at the Museum”
Thursday, June 30th 6:30 PM at the NJIT Campus Eberhadt Hall, 323 Dr. MLK Blvd

Newark Makers 06.30.16 Meetup MeetupHello Newark Makers,
Our next Meetup is all about food and starting a food business.
Maybe you want to bottle that awesome hot sauce, or produce and package your favorite cookies, or even start a restaurant. Our guest speaker, Lou Cooperhouse is just the right person to meet and seek valuable guidance. Lou runs the Rutgers University’s Food Innovation Center, a unique business incubation and economic development accelerator program specifically designed to get a food business off the ground. Lou’s team can help with formulation, packaging, pricing strategies and other challenges you will encounter as you commercialize your product. You can learn more about Lou’s program at the link below, but better yet, come meet him in person:

We are also going to have displays from Newark’s own Food Entrepreneurs. Come meet your local Wine Makers, Sausage Makers, Nuts Distributors, Ice Cream Makers and world-class baked goods such as the classic Joeys Black and White cookie. These are all companies located right here in Newark and are thriving in the food industry. As a special treat, we invited the Taqueria Autentica food tuck to the Museum grounds to serve us awesome refreshments directly from their truck. All food will be free of charge for the first 30 members who sign up.

 

makerhoodsFinally,Makerhoods.org will be describing the new development of affordable live/work community coming to Newark. Find out how to qualify for this unique development which dedicates a portion of its space to local entrepreneurs who need affordable shop space or a store front.

Be a part of the Nation of Makers

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National Maker Faire, June 18-19th!

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Help support Maker Education through Maker Corps

What does a Maker Corps Member do?
Maker Corps Members are maker-in-residences at participating organizations. Our Maker Corps 2016 partner sites represent an inclusive spectrum of youth-serving organizations and programs with many museums, libraries, schools and school districts, science centers, after-school and community-based programs– and because Maker Ed recognizes and encourages a wide variety of making– every partner site is unique in their program offerings and audience. Read about our past Maker Corps partners here.

Who can apply?
Maker Corps Members come from a large variety of backgrounds and levels of experience. Ideal Maker Corps Members possess:

  • Interest in creativity, DIY art and science projects, and making things.
  • Passion for educating.
  • Ability to engage effectively with children, adults, and organization staff.
  • Excellent leadership, communication, and presentation skills.
  • Awareness and sensitivity in interacting with diverse populations.

Curious about past Maker Corps Members? We have a profile series featuring past Maker Corps Members: Meet a Maker.

Requirements:

  • 50% of a Maker Corps Member’s time must be dedicated to direct service– engaging children and families in creative making opportunities, while gaining experience serving as a community leader. Maker Corps Members will also spend a portion of their time as makers-in-residence, focused on developing ideas and programs for their partner site.
  • Maker Corps Members are required to participate in the Maker Corps online community by contributing stories, photos, reflections, etc.
  • Applicants must live, or be willing to relocate to, a community hosting a Maker Corps program. Note that the Maker Ed will not cover any additional moving and/or housing expenses. However, some partner sites may provide assistance. Please inquire specifically about these needs in your application.

Submit your application today! Questions? Contact makercorps@makered.org

If you didn’t Make it; here’s what you missed!

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Forging Steel

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Adorable Droids and tiny humans.

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Building a 16 foot Canoe

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Toys that are fun, simple, and just a bit dangerous!

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Red hot iron

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Soaring eagles.

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Step-by-Step creation of Action Figures.

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Giant puppets!

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Some really interesting stuff

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And just an amazing day!

Meet the Makers: Edison Makerspace

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In the tradition of our community’s namesake the Edison Public Library is proud to announce that it will be incorporating a Makerspace as part of its collection of services to the community. Some of you maybe wondering just what a Makerspace is. Makerspaces as a concept are a little hard to define but generally they can be thought of as creative workshops designed for the community to explore and invent. They align nicely with the current STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) movement in education but can include creative crafts and is available to all ages.

In the beginning the Edison Makerspace will be outfitted with an iMac and Makerbot 3D printer and a workbench stocked with hand tools. We will also be including a quilting sewing machine that sews programmed patterns from a template. Furthermore, we also have plans of including video recording capabilities and a keyboard for music composition. Arduino kits and Raspberry Pi kits have also been provided to allow you to explore and design anything from flashing display signs to robots and wearable technology.

Meet the Makers: J. Lexi

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J. Lexi, LLC started as a path to financial freedom; hey that’s the biggest reason people become entrepreneurs!  I wanted to create  something for myself + family that was natural + represented quality + love.  However, J. Lexi is not just about my financial independence + offering you great products to create uncommonly beautiful healthy skin, it is also about giving back, investing in community + finding something bigger than myself that I can contribute to + make a difference in!
Using the bounty of nature we create skin-loving recipes to nourish your hair, face + body! At J. Lexi, LLC we believe ingredients are best as nature created them.   Our holistic natural products are handmade in small batches + contain a combination of fresh, raw fruits, vegetables, , probiotics, fermentation, herbs, botanicals, vitamins, proteins, superfoods, amino acids, milks, creams + more.