Maker Ed is thrilled to welcome Arkansas Discovery Network as a new Maker Corps Host Site in 2015. For the third year of Maker Corps, Maker Ed will collaborate with more than forty organizations to host Maker Corps Members throughout the summer to bring maker activities and approaches to the communities that they serve.
Below is a glimpse into what Maker Corps will look like at the Arkansas Discovery Network in Little Rock, AR in the summer of 2015. The guest post is written by by Brittney Kugler, Outreach Educator of Arkansas Discovery Network @ Museum of Discovery. Click here to learn more about becoming a Maker Corps Member!
Arkansas Discovery Network and Maker Corps 2015
The Arkansas Discovery Network is ecstatic to announce that we have been selected as a Maker Corps Host Site for 2015! We will be welcoming two new Maker Corps Members and can’t wait to kick off our new adventure in making.
The Arkansas Discovery Network was initiated in 2006 to support the mission of making hands-on, interactive museum experiences more accessible to the state’s 498,000 schoolchildren and their families. We are a consortium of six partner museums that are located strategically throughout Arkansas to extend outreach to all areas. The museums support each other by sharing operational strategies, collaborating with teachers and expanding educational programs. Network members include the Museum of Discovery in Little Rock, Mid America Science Museum in Hot Springs, Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas in Pine Bluff, Amazeum in Bentonville, Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources in Smackover and Arkansas State University Museum in Jonesboro. All of the partners have also greatly embraced the Maker Movement with the installation of Tinkering Studios at each location.
The Network model allows us the unique opportunity to reach a wide audience of people across the state of Arkansas through hands-on activities and engaging conversations, where visitors are learning the basic tools and techniques of local makers and beyond. The addition of two new Maker Corps Members will help us greatly by growing and expanding our Maker toolbox with their new developments and expertise. Throughout the summer, our Maker Corps Members will be traveling to our partner locations to help facilitate activities in various summer camps, TinkerFest events, and floor demonstrations. They will also bolster the Network’s traveling tinkering kits by adding to existing kits and forging new activities for folks to explore.