FORT WORTH, Texas -- RadioShack and Nick Cannon, the company's Chief Creative Officer, celebrate National Week of Making at National Maker Faire on June 18, further demonstrating the neighborhood electronics store's commitment to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and fostering empowerment and creativity among youth. To kick off National Maker Faire, RadioShack and Nick Cannon will host a soldering workshop for kids to experience Making first-hand, along with a speech on the importance of making and how it helped shape Cannon's career.
"Making is paramount for kids to help instill a sense of exploration – it creates an opportunity for entrepreneurship," said Nick Cannon, Chief Creative Officer of RadioShack. "Growing up with RadioShack equipment helped shape my career path and I'm thrilled to work with RadioShack and National Maker Faire to empower others."
RadioShack is back and Makers of all ages can visit RadioShack's booth to participate in a hands-on soldering workshop led by RadioShack staff as well as learn about the company's Maker Kits and products. Cannon's speech and workshop will take place on Saturday, June 18 at 11:30 a.m. at the University of the District of Columbia as part of the admission-free National Maker Faire that weekend. This event marks the first in a renewed partnership between RadioShack and Maker communities to promote and further STEM and Making initiatives nationwide.
With STEM jobs projected to grow twice as quickly in the next five years according to the U.S. Bureau of Statistics, RadioShack is reestablishing its longstanding relationship with Maker communities. Through initiatives including National Week of Making and Maker Kit products, RadioShack provides the resources to inspire innovation in fun ways for kids.
"RadioShack is back and it's our commitment to the maker community to continue to provide access to technology and tools," said Dene Rogers, RadioShack's Chief Executive Officer. "At RadioShack, Making is in our DNA. Since 1921 our stores have been the go-to destination for DIYers. We continue to innovate so the nations' Makers can do the same and push creative boundaries."
RadioShack is a leading national retailer of innovative technology products and services, as well as products related to personal and home technology and power supply needs. The neighborhood electronics store offers products and services from top national brands and exclusive private brands as well as mobile services through its wireless partner Sprint, all within a comfortable and convenient shopping environment. Founded in 1921, RadioShack is owned today by General Wireless, Inc., which acquired the storied brand in March 2015. The new RadioShack has over 1,700 company-owned stores, including 1,400 Sprint Stores at RadioShack, and nearly 500 independent dealers located nationwide. Instagram: @radioshack | Twitter: @radioshack | Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RadioShack