Become a Tinker.Make.Innovate. Volunteer Corps.

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STEAM Learning at Libraries through Making

We all learn better when learning is engaging. Whether it’s to create a robot that follows light or needle felting a plushie that could make someone smile. Making allows each child the opportunity to create something that is uniquely their own and gives them the pride and motivation to learn what they need to learn in order to complete their project. We feel that the best way to provide this opportunity to ALL children is to  empower libraries to be community centers where local families can engage in Tinker.Make.Innovate. workshops together. 

We have worked with over 40+ library branches in Arcadia, Santa Monica and Los Angeles Public Library system to provide STEAM workshops at no cost to their community . This summer, Maker Guilds provided 32 workshops through Los Angeles Public Library's Full STEAM Ahead initiative in robotics, paper engineering, and electronic textiles in 8 libraries in underserved communities all over Los Angeles. At these workshops, kids earned digital badges that function like a digital portfolio, allowing them to show what they have been doing over the summer to potential employers and college admission counselors.

The library workshops that are facilitated by Maker Guilds allow children to tinker and explore their interests. Kids, with the majority coming from underserved communities, come in wanting to make a robot and they leave with greater understanding of circuitry, electronics, and engineering that they themselves constructed.  

Now, we are ready to provide library branches with the materials, training and pathways to not only engage their youth in fun, but to have deep learning experiences that can have life changing implications. We are creating a Tinker.Make.Innovate. Volunteer Corps to train so that they can train other volunteers at their local library branches. If you are interested in helping your local community, please apply using the form to the left. 

If you are a librarian and are interested in providing these programs to your library or are interested in receiving training,  please contact Max Nishimura at