Being a Making Spaces Hub requires varying types and levels of experience and expertise. There is no “perfect” Hub, and every Hub contributes key qualities to the Network and Cohort, while also continuing to grow and develop its own abilities as a regional and national leader. Please review the application timeline (below) and the Program Details for an understanding of the expectations for Hubs and the professional learning and support you will receive from Maker Ed as a Regional Hub in your community.
We accept applications to join the program annually each fall.
- Application opens: September 1
- Application closes: October 31
- Applications reviewed beginning: November 1
- Applicants notified: mid-November
Selection Criteria Information
We strongly encourage proposals from a range of institutions and organizations interested in developing long-term partnerships with local school sites. Specifically, we are looking for organizations serving marginalized or low-resourced communities and communities of color.
Making Spaces is a 30-month professional development program for organizations (Hubs) looking to help schools in their region develop maker-centered learning experiences. Each Making Spaces Hub partners with 5-10 local organizations (Sites) and helps each vision, design, and implement maker-centered learning at their sites over two academic years. For additional information, review the Program Details and an example draft of our MOU.
The membership cost for participating in Making Spaces is $15,000 for the 30-month program, paid to Maker Ed on a payment schedule of three payments, one due in January each year (i.e. $6,000 in the first year, $6,000 in the second year, $3,000 in the last six months). The overall value of the professional development, resource development, community, communication, and support we provide through this program is $50,000 per Hub; this program is offered at a 70% discount, for $15,000 per Hub.
If you are looking to raise funds to cover these participation costs, you can use this template we have created to frame and provide language for a proposal you submit to a local foundation or funder. We also have a small scholarship fund for organizations interested in doing this work but who are not able to cover these costs. When you fill out the application, please indicate any financial limitations your organization faces with regard to funding membership and travel costs for participating in Making Spaces. In addition, please indicate the amount of financial support you would need to participate.