WH Week of Making

June 12 - 18, 2015 National Week of Making
June 12 – 18, 2015
National Week of Making
Presidential Proclamation — National Week of Making, 2015

NATIONAL WEEK OF MAKING, 2015

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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

American ingenuity has always powered our Nation and fueled economic growth. Our country was built on the belief that with hard work and passion, progress is within our reach, and it is because of daring innovators and entrepreneurs who have taken risks and redefined what is possible that we have been able to realize this promise. Makers and builders and doers — of all ages and backgrounds — have pushed our country forward, developing creative solutions to important challenges and proving that ordinary Americans are capable of achieving the extraordinary when they have access to the resources they need. During National Week of Making, we celebrate the tinkerers and dreamers whose talent and drive have brought new ideas to life, and we recommit to cultivating the next generation of problem solvers.

My Administration is committed to spurring manufacturing, innovation, and entrepreneurship by expanding opportunities for more Americans to build products and bring them to market. Across the Federal Government, we are working to increase access to capital, maker spaces, and equipment to design, develop, and prototype ideas. By investing in regional manufacturing hubs, we are bringing together private industry, leading universities, and public agencies to develop cutting-edge technology and train workers in the skills they need for the next generation of innovation. To continue to build a Nation of makers, we are committed to engaging students at every level in the hands-on learning of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to inspire them to pursue their own passions and excel in STEM fields.

For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/06/11/national-week-making-2015

 

National Week of Making Kick-off 

Join the White House on June 12 from 8:30-11:30am to celebrate and kick-off the National Week of Making, which lasts from June 12 to June 18. The White House event will include announcements and progress updates on the President’s call to action to create a “Nation of Makers.” We’ll hear from Makers from across the country, organizations helping to support them, as well as senior Obama Administration officials. The Week will coincide with the National Maker Faire here in D.C., featuring makers from across the country and will include participation by federal agencies including: the Department of Education, National Science Foundation, U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. Small Business Administration, Institute of Museum and Library Services, National Institute of Standards and Technology, NASA, Corporation for National and Community Service, Department of Homeland Security and the Smithsonian.

For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/nation-of-makers

MAKING AT THE WHITE HOUSE:

MORE MAKER OPPORTUNITIES:

  • Fashion Workshop The First Lady held a fashion workshop highlighting the growing role of makers and new technologies in the creative economy.
  • The Make Schools Alliance Higher education institutions respond to the President’s call to support making on college campuses.
  • Making Makers in Cleveland Case Western is providing a makerspace and innovation center to give students, staff, faculty and members of the public the tools they need to create, build and invent.
  • Making for a Stronger Africa Young African Leaders joined the US Global Development Lab and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy at Fab Lab DC to discuss the role of making in Africa’s economic and community development.

Friday, June 12, 2015 8:30 AM ET
National Week of Making Kick-off 
The White House

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Michelle Obama @ King College Prep

FLOTUS King College Prep

FAFSA Completion Challenge Winner: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Preparatory High School (King College Prep) on June 9 at 7:00 PM (Central)
King College Prep’s winning video can be found HERE.

First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver the commencement address to the Class of 2015 at King College Prep in Chicago, IL. King College Prep is a top-performing preparatory high school located in the heart of the historic North Kenwood community in the city of Chicago, and is the first public high school to be named for the iconic civil rights leader. King College Prep aspires for its students to experience a school culture and climate that promotes a legacy of academic excellence, social justice, and civic responsibility. The school has nationally-recognized programs in Fine and Performing Arts, in addition to a repertoire of Advanced Placement courses that are designed to ensure students are prepared for success in college.

King College Prep is the winner of the First Lady’s FAFSA completion challenge – its video showcased student creativity and school-wide efforts around FAFSA completion with a mock episode of “Scandal.” Along with a 94% graduation rate, King Prep students have a 100% college acceptance rate.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at 8:00 PM ET
First Lady Michelle Obama delivers the commencement address
to the Class of 2015

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Preparatory High School
Chicago, Illinois

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Primary School – Best Time To Teach Tolerance

President Barack Obama participates in a literacy lesson with students while visiting a pre-kindergarten classroom at Moravia Elementary School in Baltimore, Md., May 17, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Barack Obama participates in a literacy lesson with students while visiting a pre-kindergarten classroom at Moravia Elementary School in Baltimore, Md., May 17, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Primary school isn’t too soon to start breaking stereotypes. It’s the best time.

How do we break destructive stereotypes? Start early.

May 14, 2015 · 3:00 PM EDT By Marc Sollinger – pri.org

The key to challenging them may lie in early education, argues Claude Steele, the provost and executive vice chancellor at the University of California, Berkeley. He’s also the author of “Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do,” and he studies stereotypes and the psychology behind them.

Steele recalls one study that had a group of adults watch a video of two children playing. The video stopped at different points, and observers had to record what they thought was happening: Were the boys were just horsing around? Were they being aggressive? Or violent?

“In the last frame, one boy shoves another boy, and the critical question is: How do you rate that behavior? When the boy who shoves is white, raters tend to rate that action as just fooling around. When the boy is African-American, they tend to rate that behavior as violent,” Steele says.

He points out that African-American raters are almost as likely to stereotype the boys as violent.

Steele’s research also touches on the huge role of stereotypes in education. Take feedback that a teacher might give to a student.

Steele says a white professor can give critical evaluations of an African-American student in way that doesn’t make the student think the critique is based on race — but the feedback must be offered in the right way. A study by Geoffrey Cohen of Stanford shows professors shouldn’t just deliver the criticism straight, nor should they simply give a positive bromide before launching into the feedback.

What works better, Steele argues, is a professor saying ‘”I’ve looked at your work, we really have high standards here. And though you need to improve those things, I really think you can meet those standards.’ That combination of using high standards signals you’re not just seeing them stereotypically.”

Because America has an extremely diverse student body, schools are melting pots where these sorts of issues have to be dealt with. But Steele actually sees this obligation as a source of hope.

For the entire article and audio interview: http://www.pri.org/stories/2015-05-14/primary-school-isnt-too-soon-start-breaking-stereotypes-its-best-time

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VP Biden @ U.S. Naval Academy Commencement 2015

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Vice President Biden to Deliver Remarks at Naval Academy Graduation

APRIL 8, 2015 9:53 AM BY MEDIARELATIONS@USNA.EDU

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Vice President Joe Biden will deliver remarks at the graduation and commencement ceremony for the U.S.  Naval Academy’s Class of 2015 Friday, May 22.

This event is not open to the public.

Biden, a native of Scranton, Penn., is a graduate of the University of Delaware and Syracuse Law School and served on the New Castle County Council. At the age of 29, he became one of the youngest people ever elected to the United States Senate. Biden was sworn in as the 47th U.S. Vice President on Jan. 20, 2009.

For more: https://www.usna.edu/NewsCenter/2015/04/vice-president-biden-to-deliver-remarks-at-naval-academy-graduation.php

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U.S. Naval Academy Commencement 2013
Vice President Biden – Commencement Speaker
Friday, May 22 @ 10:00 AM ET
Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, MD

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Live Stream: http://new.livestream.com/navy/events/

 

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POTUS @ Lake Area Tech & FLOTUS @ Tuskegee U

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PRESIDENT OBAMA TO GIVE COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS AT LAKE AREA TECHNICAL INSTITUTE

APRIL 13, 2015 lakeareatech.edu

WATERTOWN, SD Lake Area Technical Institute is honored and privileged to join the White House in announcing that President Barack Obama will be Lake Area Tech’s commencement speaker to the graduating class of 2015.

The White House announced today its intentions for President Obama to speak at the ceremony. The release noted that Lake Area Technical Institute is one of the top community colleges in the nation, and is recognized for rigorously preparing its students with the skills they need to compete in the 21st Century economy. With graduation rates among the highest in the nation, Lake Area Technical Institute focuses on providing its graduates smooth pathways to high skilled careers with private-sector businesses.

For more: http://news.lakeareatech.edu/president-obama-to-give-commencement-address-at-lake-area-technical-institute/

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Friday, May 8, 2015, 5:00 PM ET
President Obama delivers the commencement address
to the Class of 2015
Lake Area Technical Institute

Watertown Civic Arena, Watertown, South Dakota

Streamed Live: http://www.lakeareatech.edu/

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First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama to deliver commencement speech at niversity Saturday, May 9

4/20/2015 tuskegee.edu/

First Lady Michelle Obama TUSKEGEE, Ala. (April 21, 2015) — First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver the address at Tuskegee University’s 130th Spring Commencement Ceremony. Mrs. Obama will address approximately 500 graduates as well as their friends, family and members of the university community on Saturday, May 9, 2015, at 11 a.m. CST in the Gen. Daniel “Chappie” James Arena.

For more: http://goo.gl/RZmS8T

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Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 12:00 PM ET
First Lady Michelle Obama delivers the commencement address to the Class of 2015
Tuskegee University, Daniel “Chappie” James Center, Tuskegee, Alabama

Streamed Live: www.tuskegee.edu/live

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First Lady Michelle Obama Asia Travel

http://www.whitehouse.gov/LetGirlsLearn
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 Around the world 62 million girls are not in school. Millions more are fighting to stay there. Let Girls Learn is a new effort by the United States Government, and led by USAID, to provide the public with meaningful ways to help all girls to get a quality education. In support of the effort, USAID also announced over $230 million for new programs to support education around the world.  Then, even if they can reach a school, they may not have the trained teachers, adequate materials, or support they need to learn to read, write, and do basic math. Recent events in Nigeria focused the world’s concern on their plight. It’s time to Let Girls Learn.

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First Lady Michelle Obama travels to Japan and Cambodia from March 18-22, 2015. She will be joined by Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet for the trip. While in Japan, the First Lady will highlight the importance both countries place on international girls education, and the plans to deepen our partnership on this issue through development programs and collaboration between the Peace Corps and Japan’s Overseas Cooperation Volunteers.  The First Lady will then travel to Cambodia, one of the first 11 countries to be included in the Let Girls Learn Peace Corps initiative in the program’s first year.  In Cambodia, Mrs. Obama and Peace Corps Director Hessler-Radelet will see up close how community-driven solutions are changing girls’ lives, a key component of the Let Girls Learn Peace Corps program. In both Japan and Cambodia, the First Lady will share her trip with students through daily online diary entries and a collaboration with PBS LearningMedia. PBS LearningMedia will offer opportunities for young people to connect to, and learn from, Mrs. Obama’s trip, and will provide resources for U.S. classrooms that explore the culture, geography and current events in Japan and Cambodia.

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March 16, 2015

Op-Ed by First Lady Michelle Obama: “Let’s Ensure That Every Girl Can Learn

First Lady Michelle Obama: Let’s Ensure That Every Girl Can Learn

This week I will travel to Tokyo to join Akie Abe, the wife of Japan’s prime minister, as the United States and Japan announce a new partnership to educate girls across the globe. As part of this effort, the U.S. government has launched an international initiative, called “Let Girls Learn,” to help girls in developing countries go to school and stay in school.

These new investments—along with previous investments by countries like the United Kingdom—reflect a growing global consensus that when 62 million girls world-wide are not in school, that is not only a tragic waste of human potential. It is also a serious public-health challenge, a drag on national economies and global prosperity, and a threat to the security of countries around the world, including our own.

The research is unequivocal: Girls who attend secondary school marry and have children later, and they have lower maternal and infant-mortality rates and lower rates of HIV/AIDS. Every additional year of education can increase a girl’s earning power by 10% to 20%; and sending more girls to school can boost an entire country’s economy. National-security experts have even noted that educating women can be a powerful tool to fight extremism, violence and instability.

The question today is no longer whether to invest in global girls’ education, but how, particularly when it comes to adolescent girls. As of 2012, every developing region in the world had achieved, or was close to achieving, gender parity in primary education. The gender gap persists in secondary education, however, because adolescence is often when girls are first subject to the cultural values and practices that define, and limit, the prospects of women in their societies.

We cannot address the issue of girls’ education unless we are also willing to confront the complex issues that keep so many girls out of school in the first place: from female genital cutting/mutilation, to early and forced marriage, to economic disincentives like unaffordable school fees and the loss of girls’ household labor.

Safety is a perfect example. Many parents in the developing world are afraid that their daughters will be sexually assaulted while walking to or from school. This is an understandable concern to which any parent can relate. But in many communities, parents aren’t just worried about terrible physical and emotional harm to their daughters, they are also worried about the harm to her marriage prospects—that she’ll be considered “damaged goods” and have no one to provide for her in adulthood.

For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/03/16/op-ed-first-lady-michelle-obama-lets-ensure-every-girl-can-learn

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Let Girls Learn - No Exceptions

FLOTUS in Cambodia

Let Girls Learn - Q&A

Michelle Phan, YouTube star and advocate for girls’ empowerment, will sit down with the First Lady in Tokyo and ask her your questions. Ask now with the hastag #LetGirlsLearnQA on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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First Lady Michelle Obama Travel Itinerary

March 18-19, 2015 – Tokyo, Japan

First Lady Michelle Obama meets with Mrs. Akie Abe, the Spouse of the Prime Minister of Japan
Prime Minister’s Residence, Tokyo, Japan

First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks on the importance both countries place on international girls education
Iikura Guest House, Tokyo, Japan

First Lady Michelle Obama and Mrs. Akie Abe meet with Japanese university students and share stories from their own educational backgrounds
Iikura Guest House,  Tokyo, Japan

First Lady Michelle Obama meets with the Emperor and Empress of Japan
Tokyo, Japan
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March 20, 2015 – Kyoto, Japan

First Lady Michelle Obama visits the Kiyomizu-Dera Buddhist Temple
Kyoto, Japan

First Lady Michelle Obama visits the Fushimi Inari Shinto Shrine
Kyoto, Japan

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March 21-22, 2015 – Siem Reap, Cambodia

First Lady Michelle Obama meets with Mrs. Bun Rany, the First Lady of Cambodia
Siem Reap, Cambodia

First Lady Michelle Obama and Peace Corps Director Hessler-Radelet see up close how community-driven solutions – which are key components of the Let Girls Learn Peace Corps program – are changing girls’ lives
Siem Reap, Cambodia

First Lady Michelle Obama and Mrs. Bun Rany, the First Lady of Cambodia, meet with high school students
Siem Reap, Cambodia

First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks on the importance both countries place on international girls education
Siem Reap, Cambodia

First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks to Peace Corps Volunteers
Siem Reap, Cambodia

First Lady Michelle Obama hosts a roundtable with Peace Corps Volunteers, local community leaders, and civil society members
Siem Reap, Cambodia

#LetGirlsLearn

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President Obama’s TechHire Initiative

Creating Pathways to Better, High-Paying Tech Jobs and Meeting Urgent Employer Demand Across the U.S.

TechHire is a bold multi-sector initiative and call to action to empower Americans with the skills they need, through universities and community colleges but also nontraditional approaches like “coding boot camps,” and high-quality online courses that can rapidly train workers for a well-paying job, often in just a few months. Employers across the United States are in critical need of talent with these skills. Many of these roles do not require a four-year computer science degree. To give Americans the opportunity they deserve, and the skills they need to be competitive in a global economy, we are highlighting TechHire partnerships. Successful partnerships include:
  • Expanded regional employer hiring and paid internships for IT jobs (e.g., coding, web development, project management, cybersecurity) sourced from accelerated training programs based on demonstrated competencies instead of only selecting candidate using standard HR ‘markers’
  • Expand slots, upgrade quality, and diversify participants in accelerated training pipeline – expand local programs like coding boot camps, the best of which have 90 percent job placement rates – to enable more Americans to master the skills required to fill technology jobs and create a strong pipeline of technology talent that local employers demand and will hire that can be ready in months not years
  • Support from locally intermediaries – municipal leadership, workforce development programs and other local resources – that help connect people to jobs based on their skills and job readiness and help employers engage local talent trained in both alternative and traditional programs.

Over twenty forward-leaning communities are committing to take action – working with each other and with national employers – to expand access to tech jobs. To kick off TechHire, 21 regions, with over 120,000 open technology jobs and more than 300 employer partners in need of this workforce, are announcing plans to work together to new ways to recruit and place applicants based on their actual skills and to create more fast track tech training opportunities. The President is challenging other communities across the country to follow their lead.

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March 09, 2015

FACT SHEET: President Obama Launches New TechHire Initiative

President Obama Announces Multi-Sector Effort and Call to Action to Give Americans Pathways to Well-Paying Technology Jobs; Makes Available $100 Million in Grants

The President and his Administration are focused on promoting middle class economics to ensure that all Americans can contribute to and benefit from our American resurgence. Part of that effort requires empowering every American with the education and training they need to earn higher wages. Today’s announcement is the latest part of that effort: In his remarks to the National League of Cities, the President will announce his TechHire initiative, including a new campaign to work with communities to get more Americans rapidly trained for well-paying technology jobs.

Middle class economics has driven the President from day one, and it is what has fueled our comeback. On Friday, we learned that our economy created nearly 300,000 new jobs in February. American businesses have now added more than 200,000 jobs a month for the past 12 months, the longest streak of job creation at that pace in 37 years. All told, over the past five years, our businesses have created 12 million new jobs.

While we are seeing an economic resurgence, the President has made clear that there is still work left to do. America has about 5 million open jobs today, more than at any point since 2001. Over half a million of those job openings are in information technology fields like software development, network administration, and cybersecurity- many of which did not even exist just a decade ago. The average salary in a job that requires information technology (IT) skills – whether in manufacturing, advertising, retail or banking – is 50 percent higher than the average private-sector American job. Helping more Americans train and connect to these jobs is a key element of the President’s middle-class economics agenda.

As part of that agenda, TechHire is a bold multi-sector effort and call to action to empower Americans with the skills they need, through universities and community colleges but also nontraditional approaches like “coding bootcamps,” and high-quality online courses that can rapidly train workers for a well-paying job, often in just a few months. Employers across the United States are in critical need of talent with these skills. Many of these programs do not require a four-year degree.

For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/03/09/fact-sheet-president-obama-launches-new-techhire-initiative

Learn more about TechHire at WhiteHouse.gov/TechHire and bring it to your community.

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