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Idaho Young Inventors Shine at National Invention Convention

By Beth Brubaker Young inventors from Idaho won six major awards at the National Invention Convention in Washington, DC., May 20-21.  The event was hosted by the US Patent Office and Trademark Office. Over 240 young inventors in grades 3-12…

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Featured Event

National Week of Making

June 17- 23

The White House has announced that it will celebrate a National Week of Making this June 17-23 alongside federal agencies and the broader community.

nation_of_makers_newheaderIn June 2014, President Obama hosted the first-ever Maker Faire and launched the Nation of Makers initiative, an all-hands-on-deck call to make sure more students, entrepreneurs, and Americans of all backgrounds have access to a new class of technologies—such as 3D printers, laser cutters, and desktop machine tools—that are enabling more Americans to design, build, and manufacture just about anything. These new tools are helping reimagine “shop class” for the 21st century and giving students the types of hands-on STEM learning experiences that spark interest in science and technology careers. They are also fostering a “maker mindset”—dispositions and skills such as curiosity, collaborative problem-solving, and creative confidence that are vital to the modern innovation economy.

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.

Featured Opportunity

Kid Scientists wanted by White House!

The White House is inviting kids from around the country to submit ideas on important science, innovation, and technology issues.

The President has been a champion for engaging young people in science and technology since he first took office because he recognizes that the future of our country depends on the innovations and advances of today’s students. So let us know your ideas below: what you’ve tried, what’s worked and tough questions you’ve asked! And stay tuned for more ways to share your input with the White House!

Please submit form by Friday, June 17, 2016 at 11:59 pm ET.

President Barack Obama blows a bubble while talking with nine-year-old Jacob Leggette about his experiments with additive and subtractive manufacturing with a 3D printer, his project that was part of the White House Science Fair in the Blue Room of the White House, April 13, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)