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If you drive past Kokomo High School, in Kokomo, Indiana, it may look like an average high school, but students are brining learning to life through STEM education. Kokomo High School is on a path towards becoming STEM Certified through the Indiana Department of Education, and part of that process has involved adding a makerspace. “We want students to leave Kokomo High School prepared for the future, and the makerspace will give students the ability to apply what they have learned,” said KHS Assistant Vice Principal Jason Spear, who oversees the STEM Academy at Kokomo High School. The new makerspace...

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From a record-breaking 211 total entries, 1st Maker Space was chosen by an independent judging panel to advance as Pandemic Pivot and Community Impact nominees Winners will be announced Thursday, April 22, 2021 during a virtual live broadcast  FISHERS, IN. (March 11, 2021) — TechPoint, the nonprofit, industry-led growth initiative for Indiana’s technology ecosystem, announced the nominees for its 22nd annual Mira Awards program presented by Salesforce. Fishers-based makerspace design company 1st Maker Space is one of ten nominees for the Pandemic Pivot Award. Additionally, Mary Rinehart, 1st Maker Space President & CEO, was nominated as one of ten nominees for...

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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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