Expanding Maker Education Across the Nation
The Making Spaces Program is a partnership between Maker Ed and Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh designed to develop leadership around maker education and build the foundation for lasting community change. Through Making Spaces, Maker Ed and the Children's Museum provide tools, resources, experience, expertise to a network of Regional Hubs and participating educational sites.
Making Spaces employs an innovative model in which 5-10 Regional Hubs partner with nearby educational sites (schools, libraries, museums and community organizations). The Regional Hubs provide the sites with the support to jumpstart and sustain maker education in learning environments through professional development, tools, resources, and community engagement. See the program details here.
Since 2016, the Making Spaces program has reached 21 hubs, almost 200 schools, 350 educators, and an estimated 26,000 youth. See Cohorts 1 - 3 here.
Cohort 4 Hubs (2020-22)
Ten Making Spaces Hubs - including two community makerspaces, three K12 school systems, three higher education institutions and three museums -were announced on December 12, 2019. The hubs are:
- Moonlighter FabLab, Inc. (Miami, FL)
- Decatur Makers (Decatur, GA)
- New Castle Area School District and Matt's Maker Space Foundation, (New Castle, PA),
- Knock Knock Children's Museum (Baton Rouge, LA)
- Wayne RESA (Wayne, MI)
- Northcentral Technical College (Wausau, WI)
- Explora Science Center & Children's Museum of Albuquerque (Albuquerque, NM)
- The University of Montana spectrUM Discovery Area (Missoula, MT)
- Folsom Lake College Innovation Center (Sacramento, CA)
- Agency by Design Oakland (Oakland, CA)
The Making Spaces program development and improvement efforts are supported by Google’s Making & Science Initiative, and Cognizant’s Making the Future Program.