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coronavirus, COVID-19, DIY face mask, maker movement, prusa face shield -

Makers across the world are making valuable medical supplies using 3D printers, laser cutters, and sewing machines for medical professionals on the front line. 1st Maker Space is making face shields for Community Hospital.

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eLearning, making at home, virtual making -

On Monday of this week, I asked my son what he wanted to learn during this extended amount of time out of school. I knew I could fit math and literacy into whatever topic he chose. Then I realized how novel this concept was. Rarely do children get to decide what they get to learn and when they learn it. Making can and should be different. How will you and your children use this time and what will they learn?
1st Maker Space offers a variety of kits, resources, and ideas to make learning engaging and fun both inside and outside of the classroom. Interested in one of these for your classroom and want to try it out over this extended eLearning time? Contact us directly at info@1stmakerspace.com.

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digital learning grant, IDOE -

Several schools across Indiana will be implementing maker-centered learning with the Digital Learning - Community Advisory Grant. Grant recipients, winning an average of $50,000 each, were announced on Thursday, February 27, 2020 from the Indiana Department of Education. 1st Maker Space will be partnering with five Indiana school districts as a part of this initiative. 

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boys and girls club, grants, launching center, makerspace, nba pacers legacy grant, roi -

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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adaptaility, creativity, effective communication, employability skills, hands-on learning, IDOE, life-long learners, makerspace, perserverace, problem-solving, workforce education -

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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