Making Spaces: Expanding Maker Education Across the Nation is a partnership between Maker Ed and Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh (CMP), which aims to develop a national strategy to sustainably integrate making into schools across the country.
The program employs an innovative model where multiple participating schools partner with a nearby Regional Hub (such as a school district, library, museum, or community organization). These Hubs provide schools with support to help jumpstart and sustain maker education in learning environments, both in-school and out-of-school-time, through professional development, tools and resources, and community engagement. The Making Spaces program currently engages 21 hubs and almost 200 schools and educational sites. The following map show the location of the hubs over 3 cohorts.
On an organizational and regional level, the Making Spaces program is intended to support the Hub and its capacity to engage its community. Many of our Hubs speak to this aspect, particularly in regards to where they started and their now-current trajectory of work and influence:
Being a part of the Making Spaces program has dramatically changed how Madison Public Library thinks about working with teachers and with educators. We’re the facilitator of community engagement and the facilitator of community partnerships. My [role’s] main goal is to educate educators on teaching and learning, and to also connect educators to each other and to learners and makers and artists around the city. And none of that would have been possible without this partnership, without the toolkit, and without the guidance that Making Spaces provided for us.”
— The Bubbler, Madison Public Library, Madison, WI
As we continue through the Making Spaces program, we’ll continue thinking about what our region look[s] like to us, … what can we continue learning through the Making Spaces program to make these partnerships more valuable – to really be the type of hub of making that we want to be in our community. And it’s really allowed us to expand, not just the
number of teachers and educators that we’re reaching, but it’s exciting to think about all the kids that we’re being able to impact through this program, as well. And then, beyond that, the families of those kids that are being impacted. And then, continuing out that network, the educators that know the teachers that we’re working with, that know the administrators that we’re working with.”
— Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, Fort Worth, TX
Making Spaces has given us the opportunity to really expand and deepen our professional development. I think it’s given us the opportunity to really sandbox ideas that …couldn’t find a home anywhere else. Making Spaces has increased our visibility in the City of Milwaukee, and … increased awareness of our programs and what we offer and the resources that the museum offers.”
— Betty Brinn Children’s Museum, Milwaukee, WI