For the last 3 years, we have been providing after school classes, camps, programs for museums,libraries, events, and professional development for educators. We have opened one of the only children's maker spaces in the world and just a couple of months ago, a teen and adult maker space. We've been busy!!
Making is now a household world. We successfully nominated a project to the White House Science Fair and was invited to the White House Mini-Maker Faire!
In the last 6 months, our work has been recognized in many ways. We have been asked by Maker Education Initiative to become one of only 10 Americorps Maker Vista host sites around the country and awarded 2 Maker Vistas who are paid by the federal government to take our programs and expand them into underserved communities in Los Angeles. We are entering our 2nd year as a Maker Corps host site, a Maker Education program where we train young adults to become Maker Facilitators. We were asked by Pearson Foundation, the leader in educational products to document our Tinker.Make.Innovate. approach as the Tinkering & Making toolkit on their new engagement strategy website - Projectmash.com. We are a featured program on the Mozilla/MacArthur Foundation Summer of Learning program where we are providing over 30 workshops at Los Angeles Public Libraries over 8 weeks.
We are providing free camp for a week for 20 middle school girls from Title 1 schools sponsored by CAA ( Creative Artist Agency ). You Tube Studio in Playa Del Rey is hosting these campers for a morning to introduce them to video production and post production.
Our after school programs are in 13 schools throughout Los Angeles.
We have provided professional development to over 500 educators in CA and helped them to integrate Making and Tinkering into their classrooms.
We are now ready to embark on our next phase - using our experience and understanding of deep engaged learning and empowering communities around the world through the development of products, tools, programs and environment design that enable the development of Innovative Thinking skills.