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Bennett Harris
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On May 11th 2015 I was invited back to the White House to attend the first ever White House Maker Roundtable. Burlington NC was invited as one of twenty of the one hundred plus "Maker Cities" in the US. Really proud that not only were we given four seats at the table but I was also asked to give a 3-minute Lightning Talk about the The Alamance Makers Guild and our efforts to grow Maker Community and Maker Ecosystem here in Alamance County. (We were one of only seven cities given time to do a talk).

The White House invited me and asked me to recommend three other local leaders who had worked with the AMG or supported the Maker Movement in some way. I was given less than 24 hours to give them the list (to complicate things we needed to list people who were available in less than two weeks time AND this task was given to me the same week we were exhibiting at SwitchPoint and producing the 2015 Burlington Mini Maker Faire!) Given the circumstances I gave the White House a list of several local leaders (trying to confirm their availability before I submitted) and we let the White House choose who they wanted to invite.

From the list the White House invited Dr. William Harrison (Superintendent of Alamance-Burlington School System), Anne Morris (Executive Director of the Burlington Downtown Corp.) and Eric Henry (President of TS Designs and board member to many local start-ups) to join me at this event.

While there I also saw some folks that we had met at World Maker Faire, the Atlanta Maker Faire, and the Maker Summit in DC last year including Travis Good, David MacNair, and Peter Hirshberg. Also met some cool people like Andrew Coy from the Digital Harbor Foundation.

It was great to see so many enthusiastic people working to improve their communities around the idea of the Maker Movement. Interesting to see that even the big cities face some of the same problems we face here in Burlington. Great to see support from our Nation's government to help nurture and expand the Maker Movement.

I'll be writing more about this in a blog post soon. This event has been embargoed in the press and to social media until today. The reason was to bring the maximum impact in terms of promoting the National Week of Making and building more momentum in our communities.

For the National Week of Making I am going to be exhibiting at the National Maker Faire in Washington DC, building a Bench using CNC Technology that will be donated to the Kernodle Senior Center for National Elder Abuse Awareness Day by Alamance County DSS, giving a talk about my experiences with the Maker Movement at Alamance Community College, and producing Burlington's first "Burlington's Maker Takeover" event in Downtown Burlington. There may also be a few other events or surprises worked in before its over with!
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Great write-up about last weekend's Burlington Mini Maker Faire!
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I'm featured in this article in the Times News of Burlington for their "Real People" section (Monday 3-2-2015 Edition). Its all about the work I'm doing to build the Alamance Makers Guild, Burlington Mini Maker Faire, and help grow a Maker Community in Alamance County NC.  (Proud that we have made Burlington NC one of NC's first four "Maker Cities" as recognized by the White House!)
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Great news Ben.
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Awesome Video Guys! Thanks so much for doing this!
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Hi Woodworking Geek, Ben Harris Here, director of the Burlington Mini Maker Faire. Thanks SO MUCH for the video of this year's event! This is amazing!
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+Bennett Harris We enjoyed it! This was our first Maker Faire, and can't wait until the next one!
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The Alamance Makers Guild has been featured in this article from Communities Connections Magazine. 
The Alamance Makers Guild held a public meeting at the Sylvan Learning Center in Burlington, NC on 12 February 2015, 7:00 in the evening. The participants at the meeting were very excited and interested in the discussions, the show-n-tell and learning about the various displayed items of ...
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An article about me and my EV Challenge Troubleshooting Simulator (plus a video interview recorded earlier this year at Maker Faire Atlanta) was featured on the front page of Slashdot.org today!  (the article references last week's article about me by the ShopBot Tools Blog) Really cool to be getting this recognition! 
EVChallenge is a high school student project that converts gas cars to electric. This isn't a "someday" thing. It's already happening, and Ben has worked hard to make it so in N. Carolina. There are other people around the world doing EVChallenge, and Ben does a number of things besides EVChallenge....
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Inventor, Educator, eLearning Developer, Consultant
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  • Harris Educational
    Inventor, Educator, eLearning Developer, Consultant, present
  • IBM
  • CTG
  • Sylvan Learning Center
  • Carolina Biological Supply Company
  • Butler Curless and Associates
  • North Carolina State University
  • Mac's Electronics
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Burlington, NC
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Smithfield, NC - Raleigh, NC - Statesville, NC
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The guy behind Harris Educational and the Reinventing Science Kits
Introduction
I am an inventor, product developer, educator, educational materials developer, and all around good guy.

I am also a husband, and pet owner of 2 English Setters and 2 House Cats. 

I'm proud of accomplishments in my career such as publishing a textbook while still an undergraduate, starting my own business, creating a best selling line of science kits, and working with many childhood heroes later in life as peers.

When I want something I go after it passionately.  I believe learning comes through making mistakes.
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  • North Carolina State University
    Technology Education
  • Smithfield Selma Senior High School
  • Smithfield Junior High School
  • Wilsons Mills Elementary School
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Harris Educational