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The maker movement has gained steam in the past decade - but who can be credited with its success? In this blog post, we will pay tribute to Dale Dougherty, the founder of Make Magazine and a pioneer in the maker movement.

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Our Maker Manager Program is a cohort of Maker Managers, STEM teachers, and district leaders looking to develop a culture of making in their district. This 9-month course meets once a month and is a blend of synchronous and asynchronous learning around the topics of makerspace safety, maker curricular design and theory (PBL, inquiry-based learning), tools and equipment, assessment, and creating a culture of making and innovation throughout your school building or district. All topics discussed will be applied throughout the year, and the course culminates in a Maker Manager Certification from 1st Maker Space.

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The Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence County recently received two large grants  totaling over $200,000 to support the renovation of a gymnasium into the Launching Center of Lawrence County. The ROI and the NBA Pacers Legacy Grant will provide the funding to renovate the teen building and create the Launching Center, a multi-use STEM space featuring robotics, a makerspace, and tech shop for elementary school children and teens in after-school programming.

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There has been so much talk about 21st century skills, employability skills, and essential skills over the past two decades and their impact on student development and the economy. How are these skills developed? Why do students graduate without these essential skills and unprepared to enter the workforce? 

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You have a vision for creating a space where students can create, learn and make. Maybe you even have met with our team and have a proposal and a 3D model. The next logical question for many educators and administrators is: How do we fund it? We understand the importance of creating maker-oriented learning environments at 1st Maker Space, but we also  understand the need of financing in order to create these environments. Here are some ideas to help you get started.

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