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Ben Harris with Bill Nye at the White House for the White House Maker Faire. (Photo: Ben Harris)

Ben Harris with Bill Nye at the White House for the White House Maker Faire. (Photo: Ben Harris)

WASHINGTON — A Burlington man was one of 16 “honored makers” from around the country to recently be invited to the White House for a first-of-its-kind event.

Ben Harris, the founder of Alamance Makers Guild and the Burlington Mini Maker Faire, participated in the White House Maker Faire.

The event showcases technological and entrepreneurial prowess. Harris was one of thousands to apply to attend the event.

Harris said he was chosen to attend because of Harris Educational, his company which creates science and technology projects for students.

Harris also has done community outreach project such as launching the Alamance Makers Guild.

The president declared June 18th as a “National Day of Making” to celebrate the “Maker Movement,” which embraces creativity and invention.

Learn more about the movement: The Alamance Makers Guild, Burlington Mini Maker FaireWhite House Maker Faire