Maker Corps 2017 Partner Sites

Maker Corps could not be implemented successfully without the commitment and participation of its partners. Maker Corps partner sites are youth-serving organizations, such as science centers, children’s museums, schools, libraries, and community organizations, dedicated to providing children with rich summer making experiences. Our partner sites include a diverse mix of organizations ranging from those who are brand new to making, to those who are leaders in the movement, and everything in between! 

An Expansive Network of Maker Education

We asked our partner sites to tell you a little about themselves, and share the craziest/coolest/weirdest thing a young person has ever created in their space. Click on each organization’s name to see what they had to say. And make sure to check back as we continue to add more descriptions.

Museums and Science Centers

Arkansas Discovery Network - Little Rock, AR

The Bakken Museum - Minneapolis, MN

Children’s Museum of Houston – Houston, TX

The Children’s Museum of Houston serves an audience of more than 1 million children and families. Average annual onsite attendance is approximately 800,000 with another 251,339 served through offsite outreach programming at 248 centers throughout the Houston area, in collaboration with 642 community partners.  The mission is transforming communities through innovative, child-centered learning and our vision is to spark a passion for lifelong learning in all children.

Our summer programming plans include creating various STEM based activities for our guests at the museum each month.  We are also providing in-depth maker programming for the Girl Scouts of America with various workshops including upcycling, woodworking, coding, 3D printing, art and more!

The weirdest creation made in our maker annex was a device to ring the sweat out of your socks, it even had a collection cup for sweat….gross! Learn more.

Cincinnati Museum Center – Cincinnati, OH

Cincinnati Museum Center is a one-of-a-kind, multi-museum complex housed in Union Terminal, a historic Art Deco train station and National Historic landmark. Union Terminal is currently undergoing extensive repairs and restoration repairing the steel infrastructure, windows and limestone exterior as well as upgrading our HVAC and electrical systems and much more. Two of our three museums are currently closed due to these repairs, leaving our Duke Energy Children’s Museum and changing exhibits hall open. During this transition, we are opening a new exhibit in our children’s museum (this Friday!!) called KidSPACE (acronym for Science Play Art Creativity and Exploration). In this exhibit we will play with light and shadows, gears and tubes, paint and clay, circuits and LED’s, yarn and cardboard and much more. We will repurpose with purpose, build on each other’s ideas, all while being playful with materials and processes.

This summer includes breaking in this exhibit and figuring out how to best serve our guests with these types of experiences. Lots of reflection and evaluation and trying new things! Our Maker Fellows will be integral to this process, and will get to help with 2 weeks of camp including Design, Build, Create and Amusement Park Science which will keep them busy helping our youngest makers! Learn more.  

Fort Worth Museum of Science and History – Fort Worth, TX

MAKESHOP at Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh – Pittsburgh, PA

 MAKESHOP is an intergenerational, informal makerspace at Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, open nearly every day from 10am-4:30pm to any visitor who wants to get hands-on and create or learn with us. This summer, we’re looking for passionate learners to help us in the museum, with our teacher professional development, at several community summer programs, and even at a transitional housing facility for youth who have aged out of the foster care system! There is always something weird, wacky, and wonderful going on — for example, this super sweet Spider Girl mask:Learn more.

Science Museum of Minnesota – St. Paul, MN

 I’m at the Science Museum of Minnesota. My program – called Play Tinker Make – runs every Saturday with tabletop and large building activities throughout the galleries of our museum. We have a cadre of about 60 volunteers and two coordinators. The volunteers are in two teams so we do about 8-12 activities each Saturday. Our 2 Maker Corps Members’s have three core activities 1) R&D for new activities for our program, 2)doing outreach for other out of school programs 3)develop a personal research project that might be used in our programs but does not need to – We want them to focus on personal growth goals.

We have thousands of people go through our program – last October – January we had a giant cardboard gallery, 3500 sq. ft filled with cardboard boxes and tools – groups of kids created a cardboard shanty that would last a couple days then be torn down and completely rebuilt – so I would say the creation of a cardboard town is currently the craziest thing made. Learn more.


The Bubbler at Madison Public Library – Madison, WI

 The Bubbler at Madison Public Library is more than a maker “space”! It’s a program that extends maker opportunities into all 9 MPL buildings, and this summer, all 15 Madison summer school sites, and next fall all 15 community centers across the city. We’re so excited for our Maker Corps team this summer that will help us broaden our reach, perfect our traveling maker kits, and polish off our assessment tools that help us capture all the learning through making that is happening in Madison this year.

Our craziest thing as of last week is this amazing UFO fort (below) that is taking up 1/4 of the Bubbler space. Our current Artist in Residence, Lesley Numbers helped a group of kids construct it for a more imaginative take on Together We Rise!


Learn more.

Keene Public Library – Keene, NH

Middletown Free Library – Media, PA

Millvale Community Library – Millvale, PA

Sharpsburg Community Library – Pittsburgh, PA

State Library of Pennsylvania – Harrisburg, PA

White Plains Public Library – White Plains, NY


Inspire School of Arts & Sciences – Chico, CA

University-Based Programs

The Art of Innovation at ASU – Mesa, AZ

Baylor University’s Mayborn Museum – Waco, TX

Digital Youth Network at DePaul University – Chicago, IL

Spark Truck at Southern Methodist University – Dallas, TX

STAGES at Duquesne University – Pittsburgh, PA

Fab Labs

Fab Lab Carnegie Science Center – Pittsburgh, PA

 In August of 2015, CSC opened the Fab Lab Carnegie Science Center, whose mission is to integrate STEM competencies into authentic making experiences.  The Fab Lab is a digital fabrication facility where learners of all levels come to experience new technologies like 3D printers and laser cutters.  In order to maximize educational opportunities to underserved youth, CSC has an on-site lab and 2 mobile Fab Labs.  Fab Lab Education Facilitators deliver high quality STEM programming to over 5,000 students during the school year, and this summer will host two Maker Corps members at the stationary lab to run a 10 week summer program of awesome Maker Camps! Learn more.

Fab Lab DC – Washington, DC

Fab Lab NOLA at Delgado Community College – New Orleans, LA

Fab Lab Tulsa – Tulsa, OK

Community-Based Programs

Art 120 – Chattanooga, TN

Assemble – Pittsburgh, PA

Boys and Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster – Leominster, MA

DIY Girls – Pacoima, CA

 DIY (“Do-It-Yourself”) Girls’ mission is to increase girls’ interest and success in technology, engineering and making through innovative educational experiences and mentor relationships. We’re a supportive community for girls driven by an interest in creating and building with technology. This summer, we plan on teaching our girls all about woodworking as we build our own vegetable planters and learn to cook healthy meals with the type of vegetables we will grow! 

The craziest thing anyone has built with DIY Girls is a solar powered shelter for homeless individuals in LA. The high school girls are still working on it, but it will be done by the summer!

Learn more.

Invention Dimension – Albuquerque, NM

Lab:Revolution – Farmington, MO

MAKER Break – Sheboygan, WI

MakerHut – Lusaka, Zambia

McGaw YMCA – Evanston, IL

MindAfrica Leadership Initiative – Port Harcourt, Nigeria

MindAfrica Leadership Initiative is a not-for-profit organization based in Nigeria. We organize enrichment programs for children and youth to stimulate their creative and innovative potential in ways that enable them become makers, creators, inventors and not just users. MindAfrica is leading the maker movement in our communities by organizing maker programs and makerspaces where children and youths can explore, make and share. 75% of our program beneficiaries are economically-disadvantaged children and youths. We love making!

One of the ‘coolest’ things made in our programs recently was a “multifunctional radio set.” Made from cardboard paper and bits and pieces from faulty electrical appliances, this radio has a USB port for connecting phones and mobile devices, a memory card slot, and a jack for headsets. It receives signals from some local radio channels and also has rechargeable batteries to keep it powered.image004

 Learn more.

ReCreate – Roseville, CA

S.C.R.A.P. Gallery – Cathedral City, CA

STE(A)M Truck – Decatur, GA

STEM Alliance of Larchmont-Mamaroneck – Larchmont, NY

 Co-op Camp in Mamaroneck has been partnering with Maker for the past 3 years, (last summer excluded).  It has been a wonderful educational experience for all from campers to interns to teachers. Our work has included, circuitry, 3-d printing, cardboard construction, and recycled art construction. 

Some of the coolest pieces our campers came up with included, musical instruments, dancing with makey-makeys, making scratch video games, and creating furniture from recyclables, cardboard & duct tape.  We also recreated an imaginative look at the town our camp is located, Mamaroneck, and recreated it out of cardboard, complete with roads, buildings, lights and harbor.  This project was displayed at the Children’s Museum in Rye, NY.

 Learn more.

Storming Robots – Branchburg, NJ

 Storming Robots provides year-round robotics engineering and technology education  with computer science as the core foundation for Grades 4 to 12.  It is broken into three terms during school year, and one summer term.

Our programs are broken into three tracks – Robotics Track, Algorithms Track (computer programming focus on computational and algorithms thinking), and Independent Project Track. We provide a learning roadmap to help students to grow with their interests and strengths. There are quite a few cool projects you can check out on our page. Learn more.

T4T – Gardena, CA

Thanksgiving Point Institute – Lehi, UT

World Learning – Algiers STEAM Center – Algiers, Algeria