Making Spaces: Expanding Making in Schools Across the Nation is a partnership between Google, Maker Education Initiative (Maker Ed) and Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh (CMP), which aims to develop a national strategy to sustainably integrate making into schools across the country.
The program will employ an innovative model where multiple participating schools are paired with a nearby hub (such as a school district, library, museum, or community organization.) These hubs will provide schools with professional development and support to help jumpstart and sustain maker education in classrooms through community engagement. In particular, hubs will work closely with schools to launch a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds and local support.
Through the 2016-2017 academic year, the Making Spaces program will have 10 participating hubs that will each work with 5 – 10 schools regional schools, creating a national resource network.
The nine current hubs include:
- Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
- 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
An additional hub will be determined this fall.
Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh piloted a year-long run of the program in 2015-2016 with 10 schools in Southwestern Pennsylvania that collectively raised more than $100,000 to launch maker education in their schools.
Maker Ed is a nonprofit organization that provides educators with the training, resources, and community of support they need to facilitate engaging learning experiences with youth through maker education — a hands-on, youth-driven, and open-ended learning approach. Through this work, Maker Ed plays a national leadership role in both broadening access to and deepening the impact of maker education for youth. Maker Ed is a project of the Tides Center, a registered 501(c)3 non-profit public charity. For more information, visit the Maker Ed website and follow @MakerEdOrg for updates.
Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh welcomes more than 302,500 visitors annually and provides “real stuff” experiences for play, learning and fun. The Museum’s permanent exhibit MAKESHOP® was built in 2011 to create a space for children and families to make, play and design using the same materials, tools and processes used by professional artists, builders, programmers and creators of all kinds. The Museum’s maker-focused initiatives include serving as a Maker Corps site for the Maker Education Initiative, Mobile MAKESHOP, Youth Maker workshops, MAKEnight (21+) events and presenting Maker Faire Pittsburgh 2015 and 2016. For more information, visit www.makeshoppgh.org and www.pittsburghkids.org and follow @makeshoppgh and @pghkids.
Making & Science is an initiative from Google to inspire future scientists and makers. Learn more about our programs, events, media, and the new Science Journal app at makingscience.withgoogle.com.