Kids+Creativity, a P32 leadership organization, has been building a consortium of educators, researchers, artists, and game designers with the goal of creating a regional STEAM network to cultivate student creativity and inspired learning.
A terrific project that emerged through this network is MAKESHOP, a "maker" space at the Children's Museum in Pittsburgh devoted to informal, hands-on design and construction using new and old technologies. MAKESHOP was created through a unique partnership among Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University's Entertainment Technology Center and the University of Pittsburgh Center for Learning in Out-of-School Environments.
MAKESHOP is considered a pioneering effort in the national "Maker Movement." Jane Werner, executive director of the Children's Museum, was invited to be an advisor to the Presiden't Office of Science & Technology Policiy to help craft a national Maker Education Initiative. This federal initiative will establish 50 Maker Laboratories in the U.S., including the Children's Museum in Pittsburgh.
Read the article, Forging a 21st Century Learning Community by Sprout Fund's Ryan Coon in Educause