Making the Maker Movement #ChampionsOfChange #NationalWeekofMaking #NationofMakers
As fans of our blog would know, Adafruit founder Limor “Ladyada” Fried was invited to the White House last month as a Champion of Change for Making as part of the National Week of Making (June 17-23). The White House recently posted some reflections from the event and Limor wrote up some of hers as well.
Last month, the White House honored ten makers as “Champions of Change for Making.” These individuals have worked to make their communities better through creative problem solving all across the country, including from as far away as Alaska, and others from Ohio, Oregon, Louisiana, Rhode Island, Texas, New York, and California. The event also featured remarks by U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith and others, including Roberto Rodriguez, Johan Uvin, Jetta Wong, Tom Kalil as well as a new U.S. Department of Energy video highlighting their maker-related work with the Make Energy Pavilion at the Bay Area Maker Faire and a new NASA video celebrating their maker-mindset. The celebration of these individuals was part of the National Week of Making, which you can read more about on the wrap-up blog post—“A Whole Week of Making!”
I’m an engineer and educator that likes to solve problems! One of the first times I remember thinking I’d be an engineer was when I was about 7 or 8 and I saw a bunch of balloons stuck to the ceiling at a local mall after an event. No one could reach them so I went home and constructed a mechanical arm with my dad. After going back, getting on his shoulders and using the balloon catcher device we made, we retrieved all the balloons and gave them to others who also wanted balloons. One of the things I do each day is try to teach and create things that elevate people and help put them on each of our shoulders so they can reach their dreams. Learning electronics and computer science can be intimidating—there’s so much to know and do. I have dedicated myself, and have been joined by a committed team, to work on including as many people from as many diverse backgrounds as possible in order to grow what’s maker movement—and to do so by creating open-source innovation that brings even more people together and inspires even more collaborative creating.
We are angry, frustrated, and in pain because of the violence and murder of Black people by the police because of racism. We are in the fight AGAINST RACISM. George Floyd was murdered, his life stolen. The Adafruit teams have specific actions we’ve done, are doing, and will do together as a company and culture. We are asking the Adafruit community to get involved and share what you are doing. The Adafruit teams will not settle for a hash tag, a Tweet, or an icon change. We will work on real change, and that requires real action and real work together. That is what we will do each day, each month, each year – we will hold ourselves accountable and publish our collective efforts, partnerships, activism, donations, openly and publicly. Our blog and social media platforms will be utilized in actionable ways. Join us and the anti-racist efforts working to end police brutality, reform the criminal justice system, and dismantle the many other forms of systemic racism at work in this country, read more @ adafruit.com/blacklivesmatter
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