I started Be A Maker Club for my daughter. She wanted to make things using her own designs. So, I turned that into a way for her to learn STE(A)M. “Zef Neemuchwala

“We started working on our makerspace in Upland in Jan 2018 and opened doors in Mar 2018. Since then we have worked with nearly 3,500 elementary and middle school children. As a business creating social impact, we offer free and low cost demonstration sessions for school and non-profit events. This is our way of giving back to the community that has generously supported us with donations of machines, equipment and labor when we started.”

As we completed a year in business, we were awarded a Fellowship by the prestigious Kravis Lab for Social Impact at Claremont McKenna College. We are conducting research to answer this question – Does hands-on making increase enthusiasm for STEAM, particularly for girls?

Our findings so far –

  • 100% of students find making is fun
  • Girls choose making if they can work on their own ideas
  • 46% of our students are girls
  • Current manufacturing devices are not designed for use by children

We are inspired by these Heroes of Education

KEN ROBINSON – most watched education speaker online

SUGATA MITRA – pioneer of the “Hole in the Wall” experiment

SAL KHAN – Founder of Khan Academy