6 Questions for the White House’s Maker-in-Chief Stephanie Santoso

Stephanie Santoso on why the maker movement is key to America’s future.

The holiday decorations at the White House this year were decidedly nontraditional. They included a robotic replica of the Obamas’ dog Bo, crowdsourced lighting design, and 3-D printed Christmas tree ornaments designed by contest winners. The design and tech invasion was an extension of the administration’s efforts over the last year to encourage making, the name some people have given to the surge of interest in emerging technologies like 3-D printing, as well as traditional crafts like sewing and building, to create innovative products.

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