PITTSBURGH, PA (June 12, 2015) - Mayor William Peduto today celebrates the first day of the National Week of Making, drawing attention to Pittsburgh’s vibrant ecosystem of makers, and announcing new considerations in response to President Obama’s call-to-action to support a generation of Americans who are “makers of things not just consumers of things.”
Throughout the region, new tools – things like 3D printers, laser cutters, and advanced software design programs – are increasingly giving everyday citizens the ability to make just about anything. This renaissance in American manufacturing may have profound benefits for entrepreneurs, students, and citizens of all ages and backgrounds.
In Pittsburgh’s TechShop, for example, citizens have access to a remarkable array of next-generation tools and techniques. For the price of a gym membership, these innovators are making all sorts of things – from steel guitars to 3D printers to underwater robots. Some of these makers are growing their innovations, starting companies, and putting people to work. The Maker Movement also benefits those hoping to re-enter the workforce. Pittsburgh’s MAKERSHiP Project retrains laid off industrial workers, equipping them with the skills needed to find positions with advanced manufacturers and start-ups. That’s why President Obama came to TechShop last summer to taut the promise of this movement, and celebrate 2014’s National Day of Making.
The Maker Movement also holds remarkable potential for students, and Pittsburgh is home to a thriving community of maker educators and learners. Over 200 regional organizations have focused these efforts through the Remake Learning Network, enabling educators to infuse making into classrooms, after school programs, libraries, museums, and community centers. Remake Learning Network members are building and sharing world-class maker learning practices that combining physical and digital skills—from science and engineering, technology and media, crafting, and the arts—so that all children and youth can learn, be creative, and work together and reshape their world.
Last year, on June 18, President Obama hosted the first-ever White House Maker Faire and issued a call to action that “every company, every college, every community, every citizen joins us as we lift up makers and builders and doers across the country.” Also last year Mayor Peduto and the City of Pittsburgh hosted the first innovation roundtable on making. This year, the White House is celebrating a National Week of Making.
In response to the President’s call to action, Mayor Peduto is proud to draw attention to Pittsburgh’s vibrant community of makers and announce new considerations and commitments from local stakeholders to expand this work:
Friday, June 12, 2015
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