Maker Education Initiative
The mission of the Maker Education Initiative is to create more opportunities for young people to make, and, by making, build confidence, foster creativity, and spark interest in science, technology, engineering, math, the arts—and learning as a whole. We want young people to join—and eventually lead—the growing Maker Movement. The Maker Education Initiative will achieve its mission by:
- Developing and supporting programs that inspire young people to learn through making.
- Building community networks of families, leaders, educators, mentors, and organizations as resources to nurture young makers.
- Creating infrastructure and methodologies to evaluate and scale successful initiatives that will have greater impact on young people across rural and urban areas
- Establishing an online record of participation, using digital portfolio technology, so that students can share their learning with each other and with prospective colleges and employers.
Maker Corps has launched and is flying!
The Maker Education Initiative has launched the Maker Corps program to address the need for personalized support and expertise in introducing maker-oriented experiences in existing educational programs across the nation. Launched at the White House Science Fair April 22, 2013, Maker Corps was highlighted by the White House as one of several model programs increasing opportunities for STEM participation. Read more about it here: Maker Education Initiative Announces Summer Campaign At the White House.
Our Host Sites and Maker Ed have selected 106 Maker Corps Members out of over 330 Applicants. They will be serving in 34 youth- serving organizations in 19 different states this summer. Our Spring Development Camp began April 3. While much of the Development Camp will be exclusive to Maker Corps Members, our main Camp sessions each Wednesday are public, streamed live on our YouTube channel, and archived.
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