Celebrate European Maker Week 30 May – 5 June 2016

By Renee Dopplick, ACM Director of Public Policy
June 2, 2016

This week is the inaugural European Maker Week with celebrations and events across Europe. The week is an initiative promoted by the European Commission to engage citizens and students in creativity and innovation. Monday’s launch celebration featured remarks by Director General of DG Direct Roberto Viola.

Events occurring this week aim to inspire and empower more young people to pursue careers in computing and other STEM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) fields. Through makerspaces and innovation labs, students are learning the pragmatic benefits and broader uses of computer science in the real world.

Fueling the new wave of interest in integrated learning through active, hands-on projects are powerful innovations in wireless devices, robotics, the Internet of Things (IoT), 3D printing, wearables, design customization, and more.

“The Maker Movement is global and reflects the importance of providing students with the opportunity to engage their intellectual curiosity and creative problem-solving skills to explore and understand a broad range of STEM disciplines,” said Jeffrey R.N. Forbes, the Chair of the ACM Education Policy Committee and an Associate Professor of the Practice of Computer Science at Duke University.

Interested in being part of the celebration? Discover activities near you to build prototypes, create new products, solve daily problems with robotics, design with 3D scanners and printers, write software code for new devices, and explore career options. In addition to the 500+ events, you also can connect with others online to share projects, discuss new ideas, and brainstorm how to create a makerspace in your school or community.

Join the discussion online at hashtag #EMWeek16