In 2015-2016, the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh piloted a year-long run of the program with 10 schools in Southwestern Pennsylvania that collectively raised more than $100,000 to launch maker education in their schools. Then, in 2016, Google donated $1M over 2 years to support Making Spaces’ national expansion. 

The Making Spaces program aims to create a model of partnership that allows for sustainable expansion of maker education in schools and communities around the country. This model connects schools and educational institutions with the support they need at a local and national level. Making Spaces has two main components: Community Engagement and Professional Development.

Community Engagement: Schools will build community support and buy-in by engaging their community (both local and beyond) in information sessions, volunteer opportunities, and crowdfunding campaigns related to their unique maker education efforts. This critical component enables schools to have complete ownership and agency over their programming.

Professional Development: Schools will benefit from access to professional development resources and support from their partner Hub, as well as online professional development and connections as part of the national Making Spaces network.

This program is being evaluated by the Research team at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. In the first year of the program they are focusing on evaluating the effectiveness of the Making Spaces Toolkit, a suite of resources aimed at supporting Hubs and their schools as they work together to integrate making.