The maker episode! It’s in the DNA of our country. We must celebrate making and manufacturing so citizens get the skills and confidence to make things again. That was the theme we heard when we visited the White House earlier this week. This episode celebrates Manufacturing Day (October 7), spotlights Ellen Bennett and her apparel company designed for makers and chefs (see more here), and also features two bonus conversations about making from the White House.
On Monday, White House hosted a giant festival of ideas and action called South by South Lawn. The event featured Los Angeles as a case study in innovation, and The Art of Manufacturing host Z Holly joined other Angelenos on the main stage to share stories from LA. It was an opportunity to catch up with colleauges old and new while in D.C.
We kick off this episode with a conversation with U.S. CTO Megan Smith and colleague Megan Brewster about the important role of making in sparking the 4th industrial revolution, how cities and organizations are re-envigorating old infrastructure, and some of the more exciting technological frontiers of manufacturing.
We also ran into Adam Savage, the host of tested.com and Mythbusters, on the South Lawn at SXSL. He shares some surprising ideas about why making is so important. it’s not just about the skills for building things. This curiosity-driven way of thinking is critical for art, invention, and the creative process that all entrepreneurs can learn from.
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, or even use Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for MakeCode, CircuitPython, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.