Inventables will be donating 3D carving machines to K-12, High Schools, Community Colleges and Universities in all 50 states.
We believe that digital manufacturing tools are changing not only what can be made but more importantly who can make things. We believe that Easel, Carvey, and X-Carve are important tools in making this transformation. We believe having them in our schools is the single most important thing we can do for the future of our country.
Last year, we hosted a contest for a public maker space in every state to receive a 3D carving machine. The goal of the project was to give free access to 3d carving technology to as many people as possible. We are able to reach everyone with a computer with our free Easel software. However physical tools are harder to give free access to broadly. This was our first attempt and it was a success. We got applications from hundreds of community groups from all over the country. A few of the winners even got on the local news! We though that was pretty cool because our country needs more positive news stories.
This year, President Obama got involved and started a National Week of Making.
The White House believes, and we agree, that these new tools can also help recreate “shop class” for the 21st century, giving students the types of hands-on STEM learning experiences that spark interest in science and technology careers and broader 21st century skills. It is also promoting a “Maker mindset” – dispositions and skills such as curiosity, collaborative problem-solving, and self-efficacy, with mentors and educators also inspiring the next generation to invent, tinker, and learn vital skills in STEM education. It's truly amazing to see our President so interested in positive things here at home. He put out a call for help and Inventables answered today. Zach our CEO announced in front of the audience at the White House and live in front of the whole country our commitment to donate a 3d carving machine to a school in every state in the union.
Inventables will launch a new 2015 version of the contest aimed at identifying schools committed to creating more opportunities for their students to design, prototype and build their ideas and prepare themselves for careers in advanced manufacturing, industrial design, and engineering. 3D carving machines, historically known as computer numerically controlled (CNC) milling machines, are making it easier, faster and more efficient for individuals to digitally fabricate designs using a variety of materials, from foam and wood to acrylic, and even metal. The contest will be a three round process. Based on the responses to round 1 (the application form), applicants will be invited to participate in the 2nd and 3rd rounds.
Please join us in creating a nation of makers.