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OSTP, NEC Release Call to Action for Upcoming National Manufacturing Day

August 11, 2016

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the National Economic Council (NEC) published a call to action concerning the upcoming National Manufacturing Day (October 7, 2016) – an annual celebration of the strength of American manufacturing and an opportunity to educate and motivate the next generation of manufacturers. To celebrate this year’s theme – “the vitality and reality of American manufacturing to youth and workers across the country” – the administration is launching an effort to inspire the next generation of manufacturers and support entrepreneurs manufacturing their first product in the United States. The effort invites U.S. companies, universities, mayors and local communities, foundations, philanthropists, and individual makers and entrepreneurs to submit ideas, make commitments, and/or identify actions items.

These action items will:

  • Improve the image of manufacturing by sharing the diverse testimonials from today’s manufacturers or hosting a virtual factory tour so that anyone can experience modern shop floors;
  • Strengthen the STEM education pipeline by adding making and manufacturing courses to K-12 Career and Technical Education and undergraduate programs;
  • Encourage entrepreneurs to scale-up manufacturing in the United States by supporting the development of next-generation hardware and software that increase the variety and value of products that hobbyists and startups can manufacture, and by investing in shared manufacturing facilities;
  • Link manufacturers to the Maker movement by serving as the anchor tenant for a regional makerspace or supporting makerspaces in schools and after-school programs.

For those groups interested in being involved, the administration invites ideas, commitments, and other actions items via an online form (due September 9, 2016).



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