“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