Expanding Maker Education Across the Nation
To encourage the growing demand for maker education, Google, Maker Ed and Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh have formed a partnership, Making Spaces: Expanding Maker Education Across the Nation, that uses an innovative model to assist schools sustainably integrate making into the classroom.
Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh is excited to announce the 10 schools in the Pittsburgh region that have been selected to take part in the project:
- Buffalo Elementary and South Buffalo Elementary Schools
- Central Elementary and William Penn Elementary Schools
- Founders’ Hall Middle School
- Greensburg Central Catholic Junior-Senior High School
- Provident Charter School
- Northgate Middle/High Schools
- Pittsburgh Langley K-8
- Watson Institute Friendship Academy
- Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf
The campaigns are now launched - help support one or more school reach their goal of incorporating making into their school. Click here for all of the details.
The model involves providing schools with maker education expertise from a nearby museum, library, school district or community organization, known as a “hub.” Ten hubs across the country, of which the Children's Museum is one, each collaborate with 5-10 schools to help them launch crowdfunding campaigns to raise funds for their makerspaces, as well as provide guidance to help each school hone their approach to implementing maker education. The Museum will also provide the schools with professional development to support educators in creating productive maker spaces and programs.
The 2016/2017 hubs are:
- Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA) Serving as a hub for the mid-Atlantic region
- Maker Ed (Oakland, CA)
- The Scott Family Amazeum (Bentonville, AR)
- KID Museum (Bethesda, MD)
- Edventure Children’s Museum (Columbia, SC)
- Montshire Museum of Science (Norwich, VT)
- Albemarle County Public School District (Charlottesville, VA)
- Digital Youth Network at DePaul University (Chicago, IL)
- San Mateo County Office of Education (Redwood City, CA)
- The Bubbler at Madison Public Library (Madison, WI)
Children's Museum of Pittsburgh piloted a year-long run of a similar program in 2015-2016 with 10 schools in Southwestern Pennsylvania that collectively raised more than $100,000 to launch maker education in their schools. Based on lessons learned during this pilot phase, the Museum designed a Toolkit to help train them to create crowdfunding campaigns. All participating schools receive the toolkit, as well as online professional development modules for educators designed by Maker Ed.