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
Mary Rinehart joined 1st Maker Space in 2018 as the Education Director where she transformed the business by developing a maker curriculum to launch educators into the makerspace that is aligned to the Indiana Academic Standards. She recently served 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 M.Ed. in Curriculum and Educational Technology.
Mary serves on the Executive Board of a variety of STEM-centered non-profits, including IndianaFIRST and Million Women Mentors. Mary enjoys conductive sewing and is working with her Kindergarten son to teach him how to program using Dash and Dot robots.
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.
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. 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. In the past, Kim served 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.
Paul is the newest member to the 1st Maker Space team. He taught Physics and Mathematics in the classroom for 22 years, where he was always integrating technology and design projects so the students could explore the topics in a variety of ways. For the past few years he has networked, talked, traveled, and presented about Maker Education and makerspaces to anyone who would listen. Paul has a Masters in Education from Kent State University and a Bachelors in Engineering Physics from the University of Toledo. Follow his making adventure on Twitter @shirky17 and on his blog at paulshircliff.org.
Paul is a natural maker and is currently making his own furniture. He likes making DIY Christmas presents and enjoys tinkering with micro:bits and other electronics.