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In 2019, the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence County (BGCLC) submitted a compelling Ready Communities Implementation Grant request for funding to renovate a gymnasium within the Thornton Teen Center. By aligning the project with priorities identified in the Lawrence County Quality of Place and Workforce Attraction Plan, BGCLC is positioning its Launching Center program for youth success in school and a future career in the Uplands region. The Launching Center priorities are: (1) attract and train the region’s future workforce; (2) expand technical trade programs and apprenticeships for youth; (3) strengthen soft skills development for K-12 students, (4) develop...

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The new CARES Act, ESSER II, provides federal funds to school that can be used to support students during this challenging time. Makerspaces, STEM Labs, and Innovation Spaces support students both academically and with social emotional skills when developed with purposeful design by experts from 1st Maker Space.

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It would be hard to miss the large garage door that welcomes you into the makerspace at Westfield High School. The Idea Farm, as this local makerspace is known, has been at Westfield for five years and led by local maker manager Joel Bruns. It is clearly a place where makers from every content area are able to dream – and do – to their heart's content. The 1st Maker Space team asked Joel to take us on a tour of the Idea Farm, and we decided to team up to share this incredible space with educators across Indiana.

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There is no better way to celebrate the new year then to share stories of success and hope, and today we celebrate Oldenburg Academy in Oldenburg, Indiana, a private school dedicated to a liberal arts education. The team at 1st Maker Space worked closely with Jonathon Maple, Assistant Principal, to design a makerspace. Oldenburg learned from students that there was a lack of hands-on learning that students wanted to see, so the administrative team decided to implement a makerspace to bring hands-on learning to every course across Oldenburg. “Working with 1st Maker Space was an amazing experience. Mary and her...

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Computer Science is often misunderstood, but why? What is computer science? In this blog post by Kim Brand, we explore what computer science really is and why it important to our youth.

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