NJIT Invites the Community to the Inaugural Makers Day Kickoff Event

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In celebration of NJ Makers Day, NJ libraries, schools, museums and commercial and public makerspaces will host fun and interesting events throughout the state.

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NJ Makers Day festivities run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at over 135 locations throughout NJ. In celebrating of Makers Day NJ Libraries, schools, museums and commercial and public makerspaces will host fun and interesting events throughout the state.

On Saturday, March 21, 2015 makers from across the New Jersey will be coming together at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) to celebrate and share the MAKERS CULTURE. The kickoff event will be held in the first floor Atrium of the NJIT’s Campus Center from 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. In celebration of NJ Makers Day, NJ libraries, schools, museums and commercial and public makerspaces will host fun and interesting events throughout the state. Presenters, entrepreneurs, small business owners, professionals and especially children, teens and parents are coming together to share their enthusiasm for, and interest in, the culture of making and creating.

Opening remarks will be delivered by Dr. Gale Tenen Spak, NJIT Associate VP, Continuing and Distance Education and Prime Contact for the NJ Advanced Manufacturing Talent Network. Following her remarks, a feature video recorded message from US Senator Cory Booker will be aired and streamed to the 134 other Makers Day sites in NJ. Cory Doctorow, the science fiction novelist, blogger and technology activist, will share his enthusiasm for the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) technology world. The keynote speaker will be John Kennedy, President, and NJ Manufacturing Extension Program (NJMEP). Closing remarks will come from Ray Vaccari, Director, ManufactureNJ Talent Network.

Directly following the presentations, attendees will be able to spend time speaking with “makers” who practice doing and tinkering on a regular basis with 3-D printing Electronics, CNC tools, metalworking, woodworking and all sort of technology-related arts and crafts. The following demonstrations will take place:

  •     Mike Nager of Festo Didactic will demonstrate a Mechatronics material handling system that utilizes pneumatic and electronic control of manufacturing techniques.
  •     BJ Dowlen of Bodyworks Enterprises will present her concept (BodyBall) to the public and permit some assembly of her product at NJIT. Demonstration of use of the product would also be included.
  •     Glass Roots will have a glass blowing exhibition demonstrating skills in scientific glass blowing. They will present their educational opportunities as well.
  •     Andres Gomez, of Rockwell Automation, will present a display, possibly including a workshop on soldering as well as a display of manufacturing control systems.

NJ Makers Day festivities run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at over 135 locations throughout NJ. In celebrating of Makers Day NJ Libraries, schools, museums and commercial and public makerspaces will host fun and interesting events throughout the state. Presenters, entrepreneurs, small business owners, professionals and especially children, teens and parents will come together to share their enthusiasm for, and interest in, the culture of making and creating.

To join the Inaugural kickoff event at NJIT register here. More intormation can be found here

Makers Day is brought to you by the NJ Advanced Manufacturing Talent Network, which has been under the stewardship of NJIT for the last 4 years; Piscataway, Hillsdale and Gloucester County Public Libraries; the Middlesex County Workforce Investment Board; LibraryLinkNJ; and the Small Business Development Corporation.

About NJIT

One of the nation’s leading public technological universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT’s multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of more than 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering and cyber-security, in addition to others. NJIT ranks fifth among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $110 million, and is among the top 1 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to Payscale.com.

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