Maker Corps at Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland, Ohio

By Margaret Aiken | Director of Visitor Engagement

Great Lakes Science Center is excited to host two Maker Corps Members this summer in Cleveland, Ohio! Great Lakes Science Center is not just a science center: we are also a NASA Visitor Center, the founding home of MC2 STEM High School and the Cleveland Water Alliance, home of the Great Lakes Steamship William G. Mather, and a partner in the Great Lakes Network, a group of science centers, zoos, and aquaria collaborating on Great Lakes education. Our Maker Spaces include a FabLab on site, a Mobile FabLab – the first of its kind outside MIT- and a Design & Engineering Space in prototype this summer. Great Lakes Science Center’s mission is to make Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math come alive, and we believe Making is one of the best ways to do this.

About the Maker Corps Fellow Position:

With its story of Rust-Belt transformation and growing expertise in additive manufacturing, Cleveland provides a rich opportunity for connecting Making to more “traditional” STEM careers, such as manufacturing and engineering:  this is the experience we hope to create in the Science Center’s new Design & Engineering Space. We envision that Maker Corps Members will work closely with Education and Exhibits staff to help prototype, test, and refine activities for this public space. Maker Corps Members will help envision and develop ways to infuse Making into the museum’s daily visitor experience.

Maker Corps Members will also help develop and teach up to 5 week-long summer camps for the general public and teens that are Maker or FabLab-themed. Members will work together and be paired with another Camp Instructor to share Maker ideas and strategies. Camp topics will include such titles as “Maker Camp,” “FabLab Rocket Adventure,” “Imaginate,” and “Build It Up, Break It Down,” and will serve grades K through 12 both onsite and at one of several off site locations within the Northeast Ohio community.

Great Lakes Science Center will be providing our Maker Corps Members with a stipend for the summer, spring training from Maker Ed, materials and FabLab tools for tinkering, opportunities to write informal science activities, collaboration with local industry partners, a community of museum educators, and the chance to flex your creative muscles making STEM come alive in Cleveland!

Maker Ed is very happy to welcome Great Lakes Science Center as a new Maker Corps Host Site for 2014.  Applications for all Maker Corps Members will open Monday, February 3, and close on March 21.  Click here for more information, and to apply. – Nancy

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