TPF4Y is currently in the process of exploring the maker movement in the state of Indiana in order to better understand how it is, can, or should impact students in K-12 education. In connecting with these maker spaces, we hope to identify thought leaders who share our passion for inspiring underserved students through hands-on, experiential learning opportunities.
On May 14th, we hosted an island-themed meet-up for a group of about 40 people either currently connected to, or in the process of brainstorming, a maker space. The agenda included presentations on four maker spaces around the state, as well as small group discussions on the topics of K-12 and community engagement, challenges and successes, programs and audience, and sustainability and funding. The topics sparked excellent dialogue and we were pleased with the ideas and feedback that were collected.
A few of our guests representing maker spaces at the meeting included:
- 1st Maker Space / 3D Parts Manufacturing
- Club Cyberia
- Growth Alliance for Greater Evansville (GAGE)
- Herron School of Art + Design
- Indianapolis Public Library / The Learning Curve
- Indy 3D Printing
- Indy's Kitchen
- Ivy Tech Community College
- School of Informatics & Computing - IUPUI
- Velocity Indiana
Do you know of a maker space in Indiana that is either up and running or still in the brainstorming phase? Connect us with them - send us an email at Info@TechPointYouth.org!