Maker Ed’s Maker Corps was formulated as a national commitment towards building the next generation of innovators at the Clinton Global Initiative America Conference in June 2012 in Chicago, IL.
In its third program year, Maker Ed’s Maker Corps program, through its 168 program participants at 39 partner sites, reached approximately 223,074 audience members.
During its second year of programming, Maker Ed has implemented a nationwide service program that succeeds in serving its members, its organizations, and their audiences. In 2014, 99 Maker Corps Members served approximately 53,100 audience members at 34 partner sites over the course of the summer.
The 2012-2013 pilot year of the Maker Corps program surpassed initial projections. The program received more than 300 applications from which Maker Ed trained and placed 108 Maker Corps Members in 34 partner sites across 19 states. The 2013 Maker Corps cadre served over 90,000 youth and families. Data collected from external evaluators at the Science Museum of Minnesota also revealed that Maker Corps Members reflected the racial/ethnic demographics of the US population and were 55 percent females and 45 percent males.
In many cases, the experience was “life changing” for both Maker Corps Members and partner organizations. Maker Corps Members found the experiences and supportive community as “a chance to meet a whole new family” and Maker Corps sites found that Maker Corps informed not only their programming, but “the culture at our institution.”