The National Science Foundation and making

a circuit with batteries and switch Discoveries often begin with the initiative of a student, a young person, an educator, an entrepreneur, or anyone with the drive to make something new. The National Science Foundation (NSF) funds science and engineering research and technological innovation built on the creativity and imagination of individuals such as these. Now, modern-day tinkerers of do-it-yourself technology, known as makers, are driving a new era of American innovation. Makers cross all age, ... More at http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=131770&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click
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