Dear colleagues,
In light of the Makerspace panel at the most recent Fedlink Expo, I thought some would be interested in the upcoming Capitol Hill Maker Faire - information below.


Madison E. Bolls
Senior Program Officer, Grants to States
Institute of Museum and Library Services


After a year hiatus, I'm excited to announce that the 3rd annual Capitol Hill Maker Faire will take place on Tuesday, June 12, 2018, a celebration of the American Maker movement as a part of the National Week of Making, June 11-17, 2018.

It will be a fun and interactive event for members of the public, members of Congress, and staff.

Hosted by the Nation of Makers<> along with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)<> and in collaboration with the Congressional Maker Caucus,<> the event explores the movement driven by engineers, hobbyists, tinkerers, crafters, artists, entrepreneurs and innovators that is changing the face of education, is breathing new life and innovation into American manufacturing, and is strengthening American communities and their economy.

Join us for the Capitol Hill Maker Faire! Staffers, families, visitors - the event is free and open to the public of all ages!

Preceding the Faire, there will a series of panel discussions with leaders of the Maker movement discussing its impact on the economy, education, and community development.

Register for the Evening Maker Faire (5pm-8pm - Rayburn Cafeteria)

Register for the Maker Faire Panels (9am-2pm - 2044 Rayburn)

Panel Schedule

9:00am - Opening Remarks

9:30am - Maker Education: Rethinking the Design of Curriculum, Systems, and Preparation through the Lens of Making

10:30am - Museums and Libraries: Community Hubs for Interest-Driven Lifelong Learning

11:30am - The Federal Government and Making

12:15pm - Concept to Scale: Fostering Entrepreneurship and Workforce Development through Making

1:00pm - Making Community: Leveraging the Power of the Maker Movement to Build Vibrant, Inclusive Communities

Feel free to share online using the hashtag #CapMakerFaire