Sept. 18, 2014:
Davis Dunaway, grade 10, and his collaborators on the “Grid” project, detailed below, will appear at the World Maker Faire in New York City this weekend. They will be sharing the lesson’s they’ve learned in order to help young makers and the adults mentoring them how to get their ideas off the ground.
Rising sophomore Davis Dunaway started off his summer in a big way by participating in the White House Maker Faire. Dunaway and his friends were invited to showcase a project they created through the Young Makers program, which brings together young people ages 8-18 to create projects that are showcased at various events. Their creation is a massive version of the popular mobile puzzle game Flow Free, in which players connect identically colored dots. The version Dunaway and friends created is made up of 64 tiles that change colors when players step on them. It was designed and built by the students with the help of their parents and was also featured at Maker Faires in New York and San Francisco. The size of the game board allows the game to be played by multiple people simultaneously.
The White House Maker Faire took place June 18, which was declared a National Day of Making by President Barack Obama. “This event celebrates every maker — from students learning STEM skills to entrepreneurs launching new businesses to innovators powering the renaissance in American manufacturing,” Obama said in a presidential proclamation on June 17. “I am calling on people across the country to join us in sparking creativity and encouraging invention in their communities.”