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Making Spaces: Expanding Maker Education Across the Nation is a partnership between Google, Maker Ed, and Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, which aims to develop a national strategy to sustainably integrate making into schools across the country.

Making Spaces employs an innovative model by 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, as well as a toolkit on crowdfunding campaigns based on lessons learned through their pilot program.

We’re excited to announce that we’ve selected local schools to work with! Pittsburgh is such an innovative city and we are privileged to work with a wide variety of schools:

Buffalo and South Buffalo Elementary Schools

Central and William Penn Elementary Schools

Founders’ Hall Middle School

Greensburg Central Catholic

Northgate Middle/High Schools

Pittsburgh Langley K-8

Provident Charter School

Sto-Rox Elementary School

Watson Institute Friendship Academy

Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf

Children's hands reaching into containers pulling out recycled materials

Each school launched a crowdfunded campaign through gofundme.com on May 1, 2017!  See the campaigns here.

I create things with my hands- from hand-sewn projects and embroideries to re-purposing vintage buttons into jewelry. I love figuring out how things work, how to make things, and sharing that knowledge. When I'm not in MAKESHOP, you can find me exploring parks in Pittsburgh, making jewelry or creating ridiculous cakes.

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