We utilize Project Based Learning teaching methods to deliver highly effective lessons in an authentic, rigorous and motivational environment. Students use 21st century tools like 3D printers, laser cutters and micro-controllers to solve real problems. We emphasize creativity, collaboration and critical thinking.
Time Magazine has called the "maker movement" important to America’s future. We believe it is important to the future of America’s children too. With an emphasis on 21st century skills and thinking outside the box, a makerspace helps children discover a passion for learning that lasts a lifetime.
From 3D printing to wearables, 1st Maker Space is empowering kids to make something!
So what is a makerspace?
Makerspaces are spaces where students can gather to create, invent, and learn. They combine DIY with education. According to Oxford Dictionary, a makerspace is a place in which people with shared interests, especially in computing or technology, can gather to work on projects while sharing ideas, equipment, and knowledge. You can learn more about why makerspaces are so important and why we believe making physical things is a fundamental skill that defines us as humans here on our Research Page. You can also watch the video linked below for more information.
Meet The Team
President & CEO
Kim Brand is an Indianapolis born entrepreneur who has started and grown many technology companies since graduating from IUPUI in 1975 with a degree in mechanical engineering technology. In 2013 he co-founded an industrial 3D printing company named 3D Parts Mfg. Today, Kim is President of 1st Maker Space – an education consulting company that helps educators create maker spaces– he aims to bring shop class back to schools and enthusiasm for learning back to classrooms.
He is on the board of EmployIndy and chairs their Youth Committee. He is a member of the Indianapolis Rotary Club and an adjunct professor of Informatics at IUPUI’s School of Informatics and Computing. Kim is currently serving as the technical editor for two maker-relevant "For Dummies" books: 3D Printing for Dummies, 2nd Edition, and Fabrication for Dummies which is soon to be published.
Vice President of Operations
Adam Brand, an Indianapolis native and resident maker, started a web design business immediately out of high school and went on to design websites and web applications for hundreds of Indiana companies. From there, he has participated in founding multiple companies from marketing to manufacturing.
As an avid DIYer and skilled craftsman, Adam has never shied away from taking on the most ambitious of maker challenges. He now designs and manufactures most of our maker furniture in the 1st Maker Space shop as Vice President of Operations.
Mary Rinehart serves as the Education Director and is the newest member to the 1st Maker Space family. She recently worked at the Indiana Department of Education as the Engineering and Technology Specialist where she managed the STEM Certified School process as well as the Indiana Academic Standards revision for engineering, computer science, and IT. Mary has five years of teaching experience and holds a Master's of Arts in Curriculum and Educational Technology.
Mary serves on the Executive Board of a variety of STEM-centered non-profits, including IndianaFIRST, Indiana TSA, and the Million Women Mentors.